(Part of an article interview on Graf in 2004)
dpa: Is it because of her high level, or has women's tennis sunk?
Graf: Probably a little of both
. But it also shows when one tackles
one's sport with commitment, one can achieve much.
dpa: Is that the reason for the desolate state of women's tennis in
Graf: I can't properly judge that. I know too few of the girls for
that. I don't know if it's because of lacking spirit.
dpa: Do you have contact with the German Tennis Federation?
Graf: No. But I'm not looking for contact, either. I'm just in
Germany much too little to be able to involve myself. That wouldn't
fit in with my life.
dpa: Doesn't the desolate situation emotionally distress you?
Graf: It is a general shame
when a sport, which is so much fun and
had so much recognition and so many spectators, goes downhill so
rapidly. I don't know how often I am asked how that can be
addressed. It is a shame, since, as before, I find tennis to be one
of the most beautiful sports out there.
Is Graf knocking women's tennis?