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Smile WOW...Monicas possible comeback on YAHOOS front page at the moment! =-)

Its basicly the same article that has been posted through the past 24 hrs. Its still nice to see her getting the worldwide attention that she so rightfully deserves YAHOO.COM ( on the upper right )
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Talking Here is the full article for those who missed it ...

Seles aims for comeback in 2006 or may retire

By MELISSA MURPHY, AP Sports Writer
December 13, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) -- Monica Seles said if she doesn't get back on the tennis court by the end of 2006, she may hang up her racket.

Seles, a nine-time Grand Slam winner, attended a Manhattan luncheon in her honor Tuesday at a restaurant owned by actor Robert De Niro. She's joining the Laureus World Sports Academy, which brings sports and social programs to underprivileged youth around the world.

It may prove to be a transition into another career. Seles never officially retired, but last played a Grand Slam tournament in 2003. A broken bone in the ball of her right foot has hampered her return.

. "I'm still training and still trying, but at the same time I'm realistic," Seles said. "After 2006, if not, then it's pretty sure. You have to move on."

Seles, a dominant player known for her loud grunts when hitting the ball, won three Grand Slam tournaments in both 1991 and 1992. Her meteoric rise was interrupted in 1993 when she was stabbed in the back by an obsessed fan of Steffi Graf at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany. Seles was ranked No. 1 at the time.
"I had a very unusual career, to say the least," she said. "I had some highs and lows. But at the end of the day, I got to do something I loved to do. As a little girl, how I started playing tennis was very simple. That part, I'm proud to say, has never changed. To me, I get a great joy just hitting the ball."

The 32-year-old put no timeline on a return in 2006.

"My game is not at the level that I personally feel comfortable playing against the girls," she said. "It's my foot, it's giving me not as much time to train, to put in my many hours. The consistency is just not there."

So what's her level of play now?

"It's OK," she said, laughing. "If it were good, I wouldn't be here. I'd be training."

Seles is encouraged by Martina Hingis' expected return to tennis in January after a three-year retirement because of injuries.

"It's fantastically exciting," Seles said. "She's so young still and she was so good. I'm a big fan of hers. She was a great No. 1 player. She was a chess player out there."

Seles said she'll be satisfied with her career if it ends without a return to the court. She's won 53 singles titles and more than $14 million in prize money.

"If I don't play ever again professionally, I'm happy," Seles said. "If I get to play, it's all a bonus at this stage."

Edwin Moses, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter hurdles, is the chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy. He introduced Seles as the 42nd member of the academy, founded in 2000 and based in London.

"Monica is a pleasant find," Moses said. "She came to Laureus as a supporter two years ago. She's dedicated and willing to make a difference."

Laureus is the Latin word for laurel, the symbol of victory in sport.

"My motto is a healthy body, healthy mind," Seles said. "That's why the Laureus Foundation fit me perfectly, because they do sports and kids. It's fitting to what I want to be doing in the future."

Other academy members include John McEnroe, Seve Ballesteros, Nadia Comaneci, Jack Nicklaus, Ilie Nastase, Boris Becker, Mark Spitz, Michael Jordan, Martina Navratilova, Dan Marino and Katarina Witt.

The Laureus Sports for Good Foundation supports 39 global projects, and members serve as volunteer ambassadors. McEnroe has visited three New York-based programs in the past two years, and hosted a fundraiser at his Manhattan art gallery, executive director John Miottel said.

Paintings of reclining females by DeNiro's father lined the back room of the restaurant, yet Seles was anything but docile the day before. She tried some jujitsu moves with youngsters in the Laureus "Fight Back" program in the South Bronx on Monday.

"It was amazing to see these 5-foot-2 girls taking 6-foot-4 guys to the floor," she said.
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she will not comeback, but she need attention, that's all
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she will not comeback, but she need attention, that's all
Not asmuch as u seem to need the attention
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It depends how to look at this headline: Optimist - The glass is half-full[read: comeback] Pessimist - The glass is half empty[read: will retire]
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You've never heard the saying "if you can't say anything nice about someone, don't say anything at all", have you?
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Any successful comeback now is complete pie in the sky. I think Monica should be sensible and retire. What on earth is she going to achieve at 32 after months if not years away from the tour. She was a great player but, sorry, her time has come and gone.

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You've never heard the saying "if you can't say anything nice about someone, don't say anything at all", have you?
Hope seles know that, you should read her bitter autobiography.
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At least she does need a KNIFE to become #1.
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Hope seles know that, you should read her bitter autobiography.

Oh yeah, who wouldn't be bitter especially if you are stabbed with a sharp knife by a jealous fan for the benefit of a lesser ranked player.
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Back to the article- I can't express how good it makes me feel to see a player like this, and where she is in time, taking the time to give back to children, if not directly, through involvement with a worthy cause. She has done it so much over the past 10 years, and so many times without much fanfare, that all I can do is . Guaranteed that there is a child who once had the opportunity to come in contact with Monica Seles, and will go on to do great things.

There is nothing more beautiful than Evonne Goolagong in full flight moving across a tennis court.
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