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Steffi Graf - Famous Tennis Player


Full Name: Stefanie Maria Graf

Date of Birth: 14 th June, 1969

Country: Germany

Sport involved in: Tennis

Achievements made:

  • Grand Slam—22 titles
  • •  Wimbledon—1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996

    •  U.S. Open—1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996

    •  French Open—1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1999

    •  Australian Open—1988, 1989, 1990 and 1994

  • Summer Games—3 titles
  • •  Gold medal in the singles event at the 1988 Seoul Olympics

    •  Winner of bronze medal in the doubles event in the 1988 Seoul Summer Games

    •  Silver medalist in the singles event in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics

    •  WTA Tour Championships—1987, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996

  • Awarded the "Most Improved Player" WTA TOUR in 1986
  • Chosen the "Player of the Year" WTA TOUR in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996
  • Awarded the "Most Exciting Player of the Year" WTA TOUR in 1996, 1998 and 1999
  • Chosen for the "World Champion" ITF award in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995 and 1996
  • Voted the "BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year" in 1988
  • Voted the "Associated press female athlete of the year" in 1989
  • Awarded the "Prince of Asturias Award" and the "Germany Television Award" in 1999
  • Chosen the "Athlete of the Century" for the category "female athlete in ball sports" by IOC panel in 1999
  • Voted the "Female Athlete of the Year" by German TV broadcaster ARD in 1999
  • Received the "Female Sports Award of the last Decade" by ESPY, Las Vegas in 1999
  • Awarded the "Olympic Medal of Honor" granted by Dr. Antonio Samaranch, President of the IOC, Lausanne in 1999
  • Given the "Medal of Honor" by Mr. Erwin Teufel in 2002
  • Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • Career: Steffi Graf was introduced to tennis at an age of three. Graf started practicing on a court when she was only five years old. She participated in the first tournament of her life at the age of five. In the 1982 European Championships, Graf won in the age groups of 12s and 18s. She played her first professional tournament in 1982. She started her full professional career in 1983. Between 1983 and 1985, Graf improved her tennis skill to such an extent that she reached the No.6 position in tennis players' ranking. In 1984, she participated in the tennis demonstration event at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games . Graf won gold medal in the competition. Graf won her first tour title in 1986. in that year, she won more seven titles which took her to the No. 3 position. Steffi Graf won her first Grand Slam title in 1987. in the 1987 French Open, she defeated World No.1 Martina Navratilova. At the end of the year Graf stood as the No. 1 tennis player in the world. 1988 was the most successful year in Graf's career. In the year, Graf won all the four Grand Slam tournaments—the Australian Open, the French Open, the Wimbledon and the US Open. Graf also participated in the 1988 Seoul Summer Games . In the Games, she won gold medal in the singles event. She also won bronze medal in the Olympic women's doubles event. Graf became the only player to achieve the “Golden Slam” by winning all the four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same year. At the 1988 Wimbledon, Graf also won her only Grand Slam doubles title. After the 1988 Olympics, Graf's dominance in the world women's tennis continued. In 1989, she won the Australian Open, the Wimbledon and the US Open titles. The next year, she could win only one Grand Slam title, the Australian Championships. However, Graf remained the world No. 1 player at the end of 1990. The year 1991 was a tough year for Graf. She lost the No.1 position to Monica Seles. Graf won only one Grand Slam title, the Wimbledon. The bad patch continued even in 1992. Graf could win the only Grand Slam title in the Wimbledon. She competed in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games . in the Games, she won silver medal in the singles event. In 1993, Graf lost the Australian Open to Seles. After Seles was attacked by Graf's follower, Graf got a chance to establish herself at the top of the tennis world. She won the Wimbledon, the French Open and the US Open in the year. In the beginning of 1991, she won the Australian Open and for the second time became the winner of four consecutive Grand Slam Tournaments. However, she lost the 1994 French Open and the US Open titles. Graf could not even clear the first round in the Wimbledon. In 1995 and 1996, Graf could not compete in the Australian Open due to injuries. In 1995, she won the other three Grand Slam titles—the French Open, the Wimbledon and the US Open. Graf successfully defended the three titles in 1996. the last years of her career were plagued by injuries. She missed most of the season in 1997. Graf lost her No.1 position to Martina Hingis. For the first time in ten years, Graf was unable to win any Grand Slam title. In 1998, she finished the year in the No.9 position. In the 1999 French Open, Graf won defeating Martina Hingis, the No.1 of the time. Graf also became the only player to defeat the top three players in a single Grand Slam. In the Wimbledon final, Graf lost to Lindsay Davenport. In August, 1999, Graf announced her retirement from the tour.

    Performance at the Olympics: At an age of 15, Steffi Graf appeared at the Summer Games for the first time. She competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games . In the Games, tennis was included as a demonstration sport. Graf won gold medal in the competition. In the 1988 Seoul Summer Games , Graf won the Olympic title defeating Gabriela Sabatini in the women's singles event. Pairing with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, she also won bronze medal in the women's doubles competition. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics , Graf lost to Jennifer Capriati in the final and won silver medal in the event.

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