Chris Evert signs 4-year deal with ESPN

Updated: February 28, 2012, 4:17 PM ET
ESPN.com

Chris Evert, who won 18 Grand Slam tennis major titles as a player, signed a four-year contract to continue as part of ESPN's broadcast team for the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Evert, who joined ESPN last year, recently worked the women's final of the Australian Open on ESPN2. She'll be part of ESPN's coverage of the four majors, plus selected other events.

"The Grand Slams were such an important part of my life, and I am excited to be going back to them," Evert said in a statement. "I look forward to expressing the emotions, as well as the strategies, that the current players are feeling at these special events."

Evert, who previously worked as a commentator for NBC Sports, won seven French Opens, six U.S. Opens, three Wimbledons and two Australian Open titles.

"Last year we quickly discovered what Chris brings to our telecasts -- the perspective of having been at the sport's pinnacle, keen knowledge of the game today and a personality that sparkles with both candor and humor," said John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, production, in a statement. "She instantly fit well into our hard-working team and it's appropriate a champion of all the Grand Slam events will work all four for us."