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Has there been other great tennis tragedies/incidents besides the Seles stabbing?!

I know a few with footie like Hillsborough '89 and JFT 96, and the plane crash of the Man U team in the '60s I think. I am just curious if such tragedies ever occurred to a famous tennis player, or at a match with a fan(s) like Hillsborough or something. I know this is a depressing question, but just curious. Or scandals even?!

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Maureen Conolly being hit by a truck while riding a horse. She couldn't play tennis again and later on died of cancer.

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the entire "Jennie on drugs" was pretty dark for the tennis world I think.
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Nothing remotely close. Mo Connolly was thrown by her horse, damaging her leg to the point where her career was ruined. Alice Marble spent some time in an asylum before she dominated. Between those and BJK/MN both being "outed" that is about it.

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Jenny being on durgs and shoplifting was not exactly a tragedy. She chose to do so. I know she was young and whatever, but she chose her fate. Seles did not choose to get stabbed, Conolly did not choose to be hit by a truck.

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I think a Jewish German player committed suicide in 1930's due to the rising Nazism in the country. I'm not sure anybody has more info?

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While not exactly a tragedy, this one is certainly fits into the "incident" category. In 1912, U.S. player Dick Williams survived the sinking of the Titanic. When rescued, the doctor treating him suggested that his legs be amputated. He refused and went on to win two U.S. singles titles and four Grand Slam doubles titles.
As a junior player, Stefan Edberg accidentally hit a linesperson in the groin with a serve, the man fell over forward, hit his head and ended up dying of his injuries. Can't think of anything in the women's game that comes close to comparing to what happened to Monica, though.
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at the Stefan Edberg incident. That's scary.

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I wouldn't describe any tragedy as "Great".....but thats just me.
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the bird that get killed after being struck by a powerful topsin drive during the mens doubles semifinals at the 2002 Australian Open.

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the bird that get killed after being struck by a powerful topsin drive during the mens doubles semifinals at the 2002 Australian Open.
LMAO!!

I think Anna Kournikova losing 06 16 to Henin-Hardenne is pretty tragic too
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Jenny being on durgs and shoplifting was not exactly a tragedy. She chose to do so. I know she was young and whatever, but she chose her fate. Seles did not choose to get stabbed, Conolly did not choose to be hit by a truck.

so true. don't even understand how people can name or see it in the same breath.


I think there was a junior worldchampion in the early eighties who got in a bad accident and her whole career was ruined before it even started.

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@ Stefan Edberg incident!

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As a junior player, Stefan Edberg accidentally hit a linesperson in the groin with a serve, the man fell over forward, hit his head and ended up dying of his injuries.
Ack.

A guy I live with tried to claim this story to me, omitting who did it because he doesn't watch tennis and didn't know - I thought that it was a crock of shit.

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