Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2
Steffi could be very funny at times, and sometimes very sarcastic. It's why I never understood the "emotionless tennis machine" stereotype the press gave her. The end of her interview with Bud after the 1996 Wimbledon final (when she had a really bad cold/allergy and her knee was bothering her but Martina Navratilova had labeled it "just an excuse ahead of time in case she needs it") went something like this:
Bud: How sick were you?
[Steffi gives him a sideways look and then rolls her eyes.]
Bud: Come on--
Steffi: Naahh, I mean--
Bud: Don't lie to us! Come on now--
Steffi: I won the tournament so how sick can I be? (laughs)
Bud: Fair enough, fair enough.