Stefanie Maria Graf
was born in Mannheim
on the 14th of June, 1969. She
has a brother (Michael
) and four dogs. She will pass on to tennis
as one of the greatest ever
She began playing at the age of four, and became a professional player in 1982. She entered
the top ten first time in 1985, and became #1 in 1987, position she held for 186
weeks, the longest held #1 in tennis history. She has won 22 Grand Slams and a total of 107 titles, until she retired in 1999.
She plays right-handed and features a rich game, with exquisite technique and a very
strong will in the court. Steffi bases her game in technical finesse rather than
physical prowess, with an excellent execution of all moves.
Some selected records and stats
Info adapted from her official site: www.stefanie-graf.com and the Steffi Graf
International Supporters Club, www.sgisc.com.
- Roland Garros: 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999. (6)
- Australian Open: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994. (4)
- Wimbledon: 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996. (7)
- US Open: 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996. (5)
Dedicated to Steffi, which has given us some memorable games, and has always been an example for me.