Monica Seles

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International Tennis Hall of Fame member and former world no. 1, Monica Seles, is considered a legend by many who witnessed her dominance during her career on the tennis court during the 90’s.  Seles played in her first professional tournament when she was only 14 years old. By the time she was 16, she had won her first grand slam tournament at the 1990 French Open defeating Steffi Graf, making her the youngest French Open Champion ever. She then went on to dominate women’s tennis, winning the French Open, Australian Open, and US Open three consecutive years, as well as making the finals at Wimbledon.  By 1993, she was the top women’s player in the world, however, tragedy struck in April when she was attacked, and stabbed, by a crazed fan of competitor Steffi Graf, while competing in a match in Hamburg. As a result, Seles suffered a stab wound between the shoulder blades, and did not return to the sport for two years after the disturbing incident.  In 1995 Monica overcame her fears and made her comeback winning the Canadian Open and making it to the finals of the US Open. She then went on to win her fourth Australian Open and win the bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. At the conclusion of her career, she was listed as the 13th greatest player of all-time, men and women, by U.S. Tennis Magazine, as well as one of the 100 Greatest of All Time by the Tennis Channel.

Off the court, sports speaker Monica Seles released her memoir in 2009 entitled Getting A Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self, which talks about her bouts with depression and food addiction after her stabbing, as well as her father’s cancer, and her journey back to tennis. Additionally, she has made guest appearances on popular television sitcom The Nanny, and the ABC series Dancing with the Stars.