Today in 1988: Steffi Graf’s Tennis Grand Slam

Frauline Forehand Steffi Graf

Former tennis great Steffi Graf

On this day in sports in 1988, German tennis star Steffi Graf became the last female to complete the Grand Slam of Tennis by winning the US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY.

To commemorate that historic event, I’m sharing a chapter I penned on Frauline Forehand in one of my sports comic books.

Enjoy this “look back” on Steffi Graf, arguably the greatest women’s tennis player of all-time.

…..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.

That’s why Steffi Graf easily holds service at #3 spot in Favorite Female Athletes.

Favorite Female AthletesIn addition to the poise, athleticism and enduring stamina that she displayed on the tennis court, 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.

The 5’9” and 130 lb. Graf is arguably the greatest female tennis player 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.

Along with Australian Margaret Court, Graf is the only other female to win all four Grand Slam tennis tournaments in one year. Serena Williams (2002-03) and Martina Navratilova (1983-84) won four consecutive Grand Slam events, but not in the same calendar 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 why this famous female tennis player, simply known as Steffi, deserves the #3 spot in my book Favorite Female Athletes.

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