Where are they now: Monica Seles

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
WhatsApp
Monica Seles playing days

Monica Seles was born in Yugoslavia (now Serbia). She was the top ranked girls under 18 player in the world by the time she was 13 years old. In 1990 at the age of 16, she became the youngest female player ever to win the French Open. She became a United States citizen in 1994.

She won a total of 9 grand slam titles: Australian Open, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996; French Open, 1990, 1991, 1992; and the U.S. Open, 1991, 1992. She was the year-end number 1 ranked female player in 1991 and 1992.

In April 1993, while playing in a tournament in Germany, she was the victim of an on-court incident when a man ran onto the edge of the court during a change-over between games and stabbed her in the back. She did not return to competition for over 2 years. Although she enjoyed some success after resuming her tennis career, she was never able to show consistency at top form. She played her last match at the French Open in 2003 and officially retired in February 2008.

Upon her retirement, Monica said, “I’m now opening a new chapter where I hope to share how I found balance, strength, and happiness in my life after a roller coaster ride of exhilaration, accomplishment, and sometimes overwhelming tragedy.”

In 2008 she competed on the U.S. television show ‘Dancing with the Stars’. She and her dancing partner did not make it past the second round of competition, but her appearance put her back in the public eye.

Monica dancing with the stars

In July 2009 she became a member of the International Tennis hall of Fame. In June 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis, Past, Present, and Future, by Time magazine. In 2012, the Tennis Channel created a list of the 100 greatest tennis players of all time, and Monica was listed as the 19th greatest.

She has indicated her toughest battle after the attack was chronic overeating in an effort to deal with the stabbing and subsequent mental and physical rehabilitation. In 2009 her book, ‘Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self’, was published. In it she chronicles, among other things, her bout with depression, addiction to food subsequent to the stabbing, and life beyond tennis.

Monica Seles post tennis

Monica has devoted much of her time since retirement from tennis advocating for healthy eating, physical fitness, self-image, and self-confidence. She is a goodwill ambassador for IIMSAM, a non-profit organization working to promote the use of Spirulina against severe malnutrition. She recently, August 2012, served as the keynote speaker for an event to benefit Happiness House Charity. Happiness House offers programs and services for children and adults with disabilities.

To see all our predictions for upcoming matches, based on our machine learning model analysing results since 1960, see our tennis predictions page here.

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
WhatsApp
Advertisement
More Posts
RELATED ARTICLES

Serena Williams vs Arantxa Rus Wimbledon 2018 Preview

To see detailed h2h stats and predictions for Serena Williams vs Arantxa Rus, see our Stevegtennis head to head prediction here. Serena Williams makes her return to Wimbledon, somewhat surprisingly on Court 1 rather than Centre Court. She is in the midst of a fourteen match winning streak at the

Social Betting Platform with Tipster Competition and Cash Prizes

For all the tennis and football fans around the world, there are many websites providing results, stats and up to date news. However, some hardcore sports addicts also try their luck by wagering on their favourite tennis player or football team in hope of beating the bookies. This is indeed

How to combat that phase of susceptibility – Serena Williams knows it well

To see detailed h2h stats and predictions for Serena Williams vs Kiki Bertens, see our Stevegtennis head to head prediction here. There is no tennis player who doesn’t go through the moment of vulnerability – that make or break phase. That phase of susceptibility which just doesn’t let you get

Odds Released on the 2015 US Open: Who are the Favorites and Sleepers?

Familiar faces sit atop the men’s and women’s favorites at the 2015 US Open from New York, NY. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are ranked above their respective peers for good reason this year. Their results have been nothing short of superb and it’s become quite clear that they’re both