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Steffi Graf

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Biography:

Former world No. 1, Steffi Graf, holds the record for most Major wins by a tennis player (male or female) with an impressive 22 singles titles… not too shabby.  The German tennis pro got her start in the sport at a young age, and began swinging a racket around the same time she started walking. Soon enough, Graf was winning Grand Slams. 1987 marked her breakout year as she won her first French Open at the young age of 18, which catapulted her career. Following that win, Steffi went on to conquer, and dominate, all grand slams. In 1988 she won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open, making her the only tennis player in the world to ever accomplish this feat. It’s no surprise that Steffi is considered one of the most versatile tennis players ever; as she has won, multiple times, on every type of playing surface, clay, grass, and hard court.  By the end of her career she had won the Australian Open four times, the French Open six times, Wimbledon seven times, and the US Open five times.  As a result, many consider her to be the greatest female tennis player of all time, and she was officially named the best female tennis player of the 20th century by a panel of experts assembled by the Associated Press.  Graf’s reign came to an end in 1999 when she retired ranked world No. 3

But just because sports speaker Steffi Graf retired doesn’t mean she hasn’t been staying busy.  She married fellow tennis star, and former world No. 1 on the men’s side Andre Agassi in 2001 and the two became parents to two kids. In addition to starting a family, Graf has also participated in various charity events. In 2010 her husband and she played in the World Team Tennis Smash Hits exhibition in Washington D.C. to support the Elton John Aids Foundation. The tennis power couple played on team Elton John against Team Billie Jean King. Steffi is also the founder and chairperson of “Children for Tomorrow”, which is a non-profit foundation that aims to help children who have been traumatized by war or other crises.