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Lynn
Feb 20th, 2004, 05:08 AM
Seles eager to get foot back in door

Exhibition match with Navratilova part of healing process

BY JOHN PACKETT
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Feb 20, 2004



Monica Seles is itching to get back on the tennis court, and Richmonders might be the first ones to see - and hear - her next month.

Seles, who hasn't played competitively since last year's French Open in May because of surgery on her right foot, is scheduled to meet Martina Navratilova in an exhibition March 22 at the Siegel Center.

"I'm feeling good," Seles said yesterday. "I've been in this cast. I haven't played in a while, and I can't wait to get back."

The winner of nine Grand Slam singles titles during her career, Seles left the circuit last year when it became too painful to play on the foot. The 30-year-old has been recovering at her home in Sarasota, Fla., and is hopeful of banging her ground strokes again soon.

http://media.gatewayva.com/rtd/images/spacer.gif"I'm going to have an MRI on Wednesday of next week," Seles said. "So that's what I'm shooting for [to start playing]. This foot problem has been a major bummer. The last couple of months have been a testing time for me. I'm just going to take it a month at a time. The main thing is not to come back too fast.

"I've been trying to stay positive through all this, which is really important, but it's been hard."

Seles and Navratilova, 47, haven't played a tournament match since an indoor event in Paris in 1993, not long before she was stabbed in the back during a tourney in Germany.

"We always had these epic matches," Seles said. "It would be 6-4 or 7-5 in the third set. We're just such opposite game styles. She keeps charging the net, and I keep trying to keep her back. She lives very close to me, and we practiced quite a few times last year.

"It's a pleasure to play her. She's one of the greatest to ever play the game. It's amazing that she's still playing and winning Grand Slams [in doubles]. She's such an inspiration."

Seles, whose distinctive grunting was as much a part of her game as two-handed returns, wants to get back on the tour later this year, but realizes it's going to be a slow process.

"I'm just looking short-term right now, but if I could come back and be injury-free, that would be the biggest gift I could have," she said.

Daniel
Feb 20th, 2004, 05:17 AM
Godo news, hope everything is fine and she comes back!!!!!!
Vamos Monica!!! :worship:

MH-forever
Feb 20th, 2004, 05:26 AM
it might be far-fetched, but she justmight be able to come back at Fed Cup

Jakub
Feb 20th, 2004, 05:40 AM
thanks for article :)
go MONICA :D

rfs1999
Feb 20th, 2004, 05:57 AM
Go Monica!

LiliaLee-Frazier
Feb 20th, 2004, 06:01 AM
Godo news, hope everything is fine and she comes back!!!!!!
Vamos Monica!!! :worship: Love ya MoSel ! :kiss:

QUEENLINDSAY
Feb 20th, 2004, 06:11 AM
go MONICA!!!!!! BE HEALTHY ONE MORE TIME BEFORE YOU RETIRE!!!!!

faboozadoo15
Feb 20th, 2004, 06:23 AM
GO MONICA
(*achem* think "family circle" *cough*)

best o luck for her always of course!

Jarrett
Feb 20th, 2004, 07:24 AM
I hope it is healed in the next MRI. Then should would have a full month to train before the exhibitions. But did they say sugurey?

Lynn
Feb 20th, 2004, 08:21 AM
Didn't Monica mention somewhere about laser surgery? And this reporter says her right foot when it's her left.

Couver
Feb 20th, 2004, 08:27 AM
Monica :hearts: Allez:bounce:

hingis-seles
Feb 20th, 2004, 08:49 AM
GO MONICA! :worship:

Hagar
Feb 20th, 2004, 09:00 AM
Good to hear that she still is very determined to continue her career.

Jarrett
Feb 20th, 2004, 09:04 AM
She had treatment with a laser. AFAIK not actual sugurey.

Piotrek
Feb 20th, 2004, 10:58 AM
Good luck MONICA. I`m sure everything will be OK :)

mn73
Feb 20th, 2004, 09:14 PM
Is the other exhibition still on?

AjdeNate!
Feb 20th, 2004, 09:16 PM
Yes, as far as I know Mark.


Go Moniker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :kiss:

WhatTheDeuce
Feb 20th, 2004, 09:17 PM
GO MONICA!!!!! :banana:

GREAT NEWS :bounce: :rocker2: :yeah: :yippee:

Andrew.
Feb 20th, 2004, 09:26 PM
Finally these big rushes of Monica news! This article seemed to be very positive. :D

Go Monica! :D

tyk101
Feb 20th, 2004, 09:32 PM
come on MONICA! gET WELL soon!

Mase
Feb 20th, 2004, 09:55 PM
I ordered my tickets today, now its the waiting game.... ;)

faboozadoo15
Feb 20th, 2004, 09:58 PM
lol
mase=full blown selestial
it's cool though bc we pretty much all dig jenn too (at least i do)

KV
Feb 20th, 2004, 10:00 PM
Nice too see you playing the exhibtion.

Zl@tko
Feb 20th, 2004, 10:13 PM
Thanks for news. Go Monica!

Philip
Feb 21st, 2004, 12:31 AM
good news :D

jenny161185
Feb 21st, 2004, 02:57 AM
i cant wait even to hear about monica back playing i really miss her :(

R&J
Feb 21st, 2004, 04:55 AM
I know - I am so excited about this news! :yippee:
Looks like Monica is using these exhibitions as a testing ground for her foot.
I pray that it is healed finally, and when she plays these exo matches she has no pain!
Then she can get back to the courts again! :clap2:

R&J
Feb 21st, 2004, 04:56 AM
I ordered my tickets today, now its the waiting game.... ;)
Did you really - cause thats what Ronny and I are thinking about doing.
To be totally honest - you just never know if the foot is gonna be totally better. What if she has pain and then makes the decision. Its now or never I think to go see her again, just to be safe.

Bероника
Feb 21st, 2004, 02:57 PM
wow that's the best news i've read this year!!!!! It will be even better when I read Monica has played again.

GO MONICA!!!!!!!

Davor
Feb 21st, 2004, 05:09 PM
I'm glad to hear she is planning to come back at all!!!
I'm just afraid that she is coming back too soon!!! Will she be fit enough in a short time to compete with the Belgians?

*abby*
Feb 21st, 2004, 08:32 PM
i wish her good luck with the scan i hope she returns to the tour soon

anabolix
Feb 21st, 2004, 08:34 PM
woo hoo!

eh
Feb 22nd, 2004, 06:27 PM
where can you find info about tickets?

Mase
Feb 22nd, 2004, 07:19 PM
where can you find info about tickets? You have to go to www.vcu.edu and click on Athletics and from there you can get the number to the box office You can order them right over the phone, its $30 per ticket 17 and older, $17 (I think) for 16 and younger ;)

eh
Feb 22nd, 2004, 07:49 PM
thanks

rfs1999
Feb 24th, 2004, 09:36 AM
Go Monica!

Rub
Feb 24th, 2004, 10:55 AM
that's nice! so can we really hope for hingis to return?

Jarrett
Feb 24th, 2004, 12:17 PM
I think the point for Hingis is that she doesn't want to come back. I just saw her interview on the tennis channel and she seems happy. I also think she was a different injury than Monica.


One more day till the MRI. I hope someone right an article as soon as news is released. :)

rfs1999
Feb 24th, 2004, 07:01 PM
till tomorrow

Lynn
Feb 24th, 2004, 07:13 PM
Yup. Let us hope and pray that the MRI results are what she and we want.

rfs1999
Feb 24th, 2004, 09:40 PM
To walk in the sand