A salute to Steffi Graf on her 50th birthday!
There are those who believe Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time.
I still give that honor to Steffi Graf who turns 50 today.
While Serena has won 23 grand slam singles titles over 18 years, Steffi won 22 over 12 years and in 1988 won all four slams plus the Olympic gold medal to record the only “Golden Slam” in history. Steffi also won more than 100 singles titles and three Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year five times (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).
Steffi was simply splendid to watch and one of my all-time favorite players – male or female.
She retired in 1999 shortly after winning the French Open for the sixth time and making it to the finals of Wimbledon. She was ranked third in the world at the time but had spent more weeks ranked number one than any woman or any man who has ever played. She married Andre Agassi and for several years traveled the tour with him while raising their two children. For the past two decades, she has since devoted her time to “Children for Tomorrow”, a non-profit foundation established in 1998 for implementing and developing projects to support children who have been traumatized by war or other crises.
Here are some videos that capture the essence of the spectacular Steffi.