Former world number one Monica Seles, 35, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Seles’ career was marked by the stabbing in 1993, but as much as we associate Seles with that incident we always think of her more than impressive tennis career, and unfortunately of how much more successful it could have been had it not been for the incident in Hamburg.
The Yugoslavian-born American who officially retired from tennis last year, won nine Grand Slam singles titles, including four Australian and three French Opens. She is still the youngest French Open champion – when she won the trophy in 1990 she was only 16 years and six months old. Her final Grand Slam title came in 1996 at the Australian Open.
Seles won 53 singles titles and six doubles titles and spent a total of 178 weeks on top of the rankings. She finished 1991 and 1992 as world No.1.
Monica Seles is my tennis love. She is a hero and an amazing player. I love her personality, energy and tennis style. I love you, Monica!
I second that! Love Monica, and everything she represents…. class, courage and fortitude.