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Andrea Jaeger is now a nun

How many of you are old enough to remember her? I am (sadly enough, I am that old!)

She became a nun!!!!

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Tennis Star Andrea Jaeger's New Life as a NunTwenty-five years ago, Andrea Jaeger was the brat of the women's tennis tour. While rising to No. 2 in the world, she tells PEOPLE she sometimes screamed at linesmen and was standoffish to competitors.

Cut to the present: The former tennis star, surrounded by a gaggle of young cancer survivors, strolls the halls of Cincinnati Children's Hospital. At each room the gang stops and belts a splendidly off-key version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." In their beds, other kids giggle.

Jaeger's worldview has changed dramatically: On. Sept. 16 the former tennis terror became, officially, Sister Andrea, an Anglican Dominican nun. Now 41, she has dedicated her life to the care of kids in need, visiting hospitals and running camps for kids with cancer.

Sister Andrea says that even when she was on the tour, there was a more spiritual soul lurking beneath. She says she always felt that "God had a plan" for her.

Her father, Roland, also had a plan, which at the time took priority: A tennis natural since the day she picked up a racquet at age 8, Jaeger won a slew of junior tournaments and turned pro at 14.

Within two years she was ranked number two in the world – and widely disliked by some fellow competitors. Author Rita Mae Brown, who followed the tour back then, was not one of them. "I remember somebody we all loved very much was dying of cancer but we didn't know it," says Brown. "Andrea was very gentle in her company; she felt things before the rest of us."

Likewise, Jaeger recalls how at 15 she entered her first children's hospital because she admired Brown's "generosity of spirit," and found her own calling. "I knew this is what I was supposed to do when I grew up," she says.

Jaeger's tennis career ended at the French Open in 1985 when she popped her right shoulder. Seven surgeries later, she retired in 1987. With the $1.4 million she won on the tour, Jaeger moved to Aspen in 1989 to start a foundation with best pal Heidi Bookout. Today, their Little Star Foundation (www.littlestar.org) provides programs for more than 8,000 children a year that are seriously ill, abused or at-risk.

Jaeger didn't hear the call to become a nun until earlier this year, when it came in a dream. "I was getting a tour of a monastery. My tour director was Catherine of Siena, who mission was to help the sick, the poor and the suffering. She admits that she kept her plans a secret. "My biggest concern was the foundation," confesses Jaeger, who raises the funds for programs that cost $4.3 million a year.

The first person she told was supermodel Cindy Crawford, a supporter and personal friend. "Becoming a nun is pretty radical," says Crawford, but "she can't deny who she's supposed to be."

"When people ask if I miss tennis," says Jaeger, "my answer has always been, 'No regrets. God wanted me to do something else, and it happened to be helping children with cancer. I love what I do."
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Woah. She became a nun? I'm of course not old enough to remember her, but i've read a lot about her in her playing day.
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OMG Death.



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Wow, that's a surprise. Anyway, who do you guys think will be the next player to become a nun?

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Maybe she can bring Dokic, Lucic, and Stevenson into the convent
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i neva really knew her that well but i have heard a lot bout her. so she has become a nun, interesting
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a question to ppl in this forum: could u possibly see sharapova becoming a nun after her tennis career? i don't think i could but it would be quite funny if she did
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Re: Andrea Jaeger is now a nun

Strange, I have no memory of her, even though I'm old enough to remember that time.

Here is her picture in her tennis days.



And I don't think anyone can become a nun in a few months... I think it takes a couple of years... something strange about that.
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Strange, I have no memory of her, even though I'm old enough to remember that time.

Here is her picture in her tennis days.



And I don't think anyone can become a nun in a few months... I think it takes a couple of years... something strange about that.
wow that's her. and yes it does take a couple of years 2 become a nun i think unless something has been changed drastically.
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Andrea....I got to see her play a few times in the early 80s. She played a few of the grass court events in Australia to warm up for the Open. She could play some really great matches and then at other times appeared to be a bit of a head case....giggling and losing concentration on court

She had great groundies....and was hitting with much more topspin than the other girls at the time (Evert, Austin, Navratilova, Shriver, Turnbull etc). I loved her forehand....a huge weapon when she was in form.

She was more than handy on all surfaces....making the Wimbledon and French finals...

She had wins over most of the top players in the early 80s...sadly, by 1984, she was a spent force due to dreadful shoulder injuries and multiple failed surgery attempts.

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Maybe Pierce can do that too after she retires.

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SESIL should just quit tennis now and become a nun

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That is cool Good luck to her I guess


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SESIL should just quit tennis now and become a nun
2 repent her sins nonetheless
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She is a beautiful person and that is all I can say. I remember the Andrea of old, but that is a whole other era in time.
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