Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2
In response to Gabybackhand's request as to what Steffi said, it goes something like this:
Right before she breaks down: "Something that lies close to my heart, I'd like to donate the prize money that I won today to XXX (basically a fund to develop junior tennis in former East Germany)." APPLAUSE. "I had a lot of emotions today and I had a lot of fun being here."
The back story to this as my former WTA colleague Georgina Clark (and long standing friend of Steffi's and her mother, Heidi) is that the crowds were only luke warm towards her during the week, the press were a bit negative, and their response during the final and after her announcement, obviously moved her a great deal and her love affair with Leipzig began (never losing a match there).