“TBT this photo brings back happy childhood memories,” said Monica Seles on Twitter today and caused a stir of heartwarming comments.
Monica Seles won her first tournament at the age of nine, even though she didn’t even know the tennis scoring system at the time. When she was 12, she moved from Yugoslavia to Florida, USA, where she enrolled at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.
The former world No.1 Seles turned pro at the young age of 15, in 1989. The peak of her career were years 1991 and 1992, during which she won six of her nine Grand Slam titles, but after the on-court stabbing in April 1993 in Hamburg, Germany, her career was never the same again. Even though she did enjoy some success after returning to the tour in 1995, including a fourth Australian Open title in 1996, she was unable to consistently deliver her best form.
Monica Seles still holds the position of the youngest ever French Open champion, as she won the title at the age of 16.
Click here for another adorable black-and-white childhood photo of Monica Seles, which I featured back in 2007 when I launched my Little Tennis Stars series.