As the U.S. Tennis Open swings into action in Flushing Meadows, NY, allow me to share today’s #TBT sports blog about the annual tournament’s only five-time women’s champion – Steffi Graf.
This statuesque blue-eyed blond burst onto the women’s world tennis scene in Germany in October 1982 at the ripe age of thirteen. She quickly began her dominance of the sport.
In addition to the poise, athleticism and enduring stamina that she displayed on the tennis court, Steffi Graf packed a powerful, precise serve to compliment an equally forceful forehand.
It’s easy to understand why Steffi Graf was labeled with the enviable tennis nickname Frauline Forehand and why sports fans around the globe who admired her knew this German simply as Steffi.
Along with Serena Williams, Margaret Court and Chris Evert Lloyd, the 5’9” and 130 lb. Graf is considered one the greatest female tennis players ever. A native of Bruhl, Germany, Graf stayed atop the women’s world tennis rankings for an unprecedented 374 consecutive weeks.
In addition to 107 career singles titles, Steffi won an Olympic gold medal in Seoul, Korea in 1988 as well as 22 major tennis tournaments. Her wins included 7 Wimbledon titles, 6 French Open titles, 5 U.S. Open titles and 4 Australian Open titles. Her career winning percentage was 88.7% with 900 wins and 115 losses.
Along with Australian Margaret Court, Graf is the only other female to win all four Grand Slam tennis tournaments in one year.
Unfortunately, ailing knees forced Steffi Graf into an early retirement at age 30; otherwise, she probably would have surpassed both legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in career wins on the women’s professional tennis tour.
Many may now recognize this graceful German beauty today as mother of two, respected Las Vegas socialite and philanthropist and Andre Agassi’s wife.
However, those in the know will always acknowledge Frauline Forehand as the greatest women’s player to ever pick up a tennis racquet.
That’s also why this famous female tennis player, simply known as Steffi, deserves the #3 spot in my book Favorite Female Athletes.
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