Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2
Critic (from 1998):Tennis player Steffi Graf says she quit the Roman Catholic Church for "personal reasons." But others say that she could have been one of the thousands of Germans who have left their churches to save on taxes. Since the days of the Weimar Republic, Germany has collected a tax from members of organized religion to fund those churches. Only members of unrecognized faiths, such as Islam or Scientology, are exempt. The tax is now 8 percent or 9 percent of a person's income. But those who aren't members of a church don't have to pay, prompting many to leave their churches.
Real fact and answer:
Peter Bodo(Tennis Magazine Interview in 2000) : Do you believe in God?
Steffi Graf:Yes.I pray every night.But I did have a disillusioning experience when I was 18.One of my sponsors gave the (Catholic) church a car so they could get an audience with the Pope.So we went to the Vatican.They put all the people who were going to meet the pope in different rooms,and he went from one of them to the other,reading words off a piece of paper.
There was nothing about religion coming across,other than how much the church appreciated the donation and how important it was for the church and business to work together.I was surprised and I was disappointed;I expected something coming from the heart.
Steffi Graf - My Best:
"Steffi is the goddess of Tennis" : John McEnroe
"She let her racket do the talking. I've always looked up to her and the way she approached the game" : Pete Sampras
"In my opinion she 's the best lady that has ever played" : Andre Agassi
"She's one of the greatest players, maybe even greatest" : Richard Krajicek
"Steffi is the best all around player of all-time, regardless of surfaces" : Martina Navratilova
"Steffi is definitely the greatest singles player ever" : Billie Jean King