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Seles talking about the stabbing back in 1993...brilliant interview

Oh the wonders of Youtube!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMD1ef2lK_0

As soon as she retires, I get to see this for the first time. Typical

Looking back, I can understand why Seles wanted her ranking frozen, but you just cannot have a number one ranking frozen, with the number two spot the highest level to which a player can ascend. Rankings are purely for the media, and the women's game, sad as it was, had to move on and try to forget Seles so as every grandslam would not seem completely redundant, whereby attendances and sponsorships would drop.

I do think that they could have given her an assurance that if she came back within a certain amount of time, they would agree to freeze her ranking. But that's easily said; at that point, Seles was still recovering from the physical effects, still more so the emotional, and therefore time frames would not have done her recovery any good whatsoever.

Another way of viewing the affair retrospectively is to say that Seles, if she had really wanted her ranking frozen, could at least have given them an indication of when she was going to come back. For example, she could have said what she said in this video, that her finger was still affected by the wound, but that when she was ready she would resume training. But again, it's very easy to say that in hindsight when Seles was traumatised and STILL only nineteen years of age. What had happened to her was so cruel, and it must have taken her a long, long time to face it, as indicated by her unwillingness to look at the scar on her back.

But still, the whole tour could not wait indefinitely. Perhaps they could have
given her an assurance that she would be given a high seeding on her return, as a phenomenon who had dominated the tour for the last two to three years.
Maybe that would have provided her an incentive to return sooner. But the message such a gesture might have sent out would have been that the tour was only concerned with Seles returning in order to bolster its media appeal, as opposed to providing her the space and the time to deal with the attack in her own way.

It was a very delicate situation, which the tour did not initially handle well because of poor communication, but because Seles understandably felt aggrieved, it did not mean that her ranking could be frozen indefinitely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiZk3...eature=related ...and just a reminder of how good she was. You can really guess which book Maria read from.

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Re: Seles talking about the stabbing back in 1993...brilliant interview

yeah iactually watched this yesterday

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Very interesting interview, thanks for posting it. I also had a question, since I was too young to really remember this. Was her ranking actually taken away because that the way the interview makes it sounds or was her absence treated as for example an injury or illness woud be treated.
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Very interesting interview, thanks for posting it. I also had a question, since I was too young to really remember this. Was her ranking actually taken away because that the way the interview makes it sounds or was her absence treated as for example an injury or illness woud be treated.
It wasn't taken away, no. By the end of 1993, her ranking was number 8, based on just four tournaments, including Hamburg, where she was stabbed.

What Seles wanted was for them to freeze her ranking indefinitely, until she was able to return.
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Thanks for explaining that
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I watched this yeterday too,
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She's an incredible lady, just a matter of time til she gets involved in politics

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I'm sure the self centered witch would start whining if they had frozen Monica's ranking.
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Did the ATP freez Muster's ranking when he was mowed over by a car?
NO

She was given the ranking of co-number one when she finally decided she would return.

Getting stabbed on the court, life threatening or not is a tragic and traumatic situation, but life goes on.

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Graf?
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"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated" - George Bernard Shaw




"And for the best of the teen-agers who followed her, and who occasionally referred to her as over the hill, Graf had a ready answer: against top-ranked Martina Hingis, Graf wound up 7-2. Graf's stirring 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 throttling of Hingis at the French Open final this June was perhaps the most emphatic parting shot the game has ever seen. "


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Thanks for posting this. I didn't know Seles was such a little starlet back in the early days.

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I watched this also yesterday and there you could really see her post-trauma from this horrible attack. But weren't you guys shocked when MARY CARILLO said in the sunday news paper, that Monica would use this attack now only to get attention. I mean what the HELL???? Who would do that? Who does Mary Carillo think she is? I mean she has the sassiness to judge something that has happened to Monica and then she kind of wanted to say that this whole attack was just not very bad, that it was a little thing nothing special. What do you think?

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Thanks for posting this. I didn't know Seles was such a little starlet back in the early days.
Yes she was. It was great to see. I love the time she tried to give Zina flowers before their French Open match, and Zina gave her that sister girl NO. Seles passed out the remainder of the flowers and mopped the court with Zina.

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated" - George Bernard Shaw




"And for the best of the teen-agers who followed her, and who occasionally referred to her as over the hill, Graf had a ready answer: against top-ranked Martina Hingis, Graf wound up 7-2. Graf's stirring 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 throttling of Hingis at the French Open final this June was perhaps the most emphatic parting shot the game has ever seen. "


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