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spiceboy
Apr 29th, 2004, 11:05 AM
CHAT ROOM: Steffi Graf, Former tennis pro

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By Lisa Kilborn
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Star-Telegram Staff Writer
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Steffi Graf, whose forehand could have knocked the racket right out of the steadiest of hands, retired in 1999. She remains in the public eye, watching her husband, Andre Agassi, compete.

Graf, 34, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 11 in Newport, R.I., for the Hall's 50th anniversary. She will be inducted along with Sweden's Stefan Edberg and California's Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney.

Graf won 107 WTA singles titles, including 22 Grand Slam championships. Among her major feats was the 1988 Grand Slam, which she achieved the old-fashioned way: by winning all four majors in the same calendar year. She also earned the 1988 Olympic gold medal in Seoul, making it a Golden Slam.

Even the finest pros rarely win all four Slams in their entire careers, yet Graf took that a step further by winning each major at least four times.

What do you think separated you from your peers during your career that you were able to accomplish so much? Well, I think that my passion and desire for the sport, it has given me such a drive. I enjoyed working out, I enjoyed all of those parts, and I think that made me who I am. That made me the player that I was. I was more driven by the way I was playing, rather than with the result of the tournaments.

How has tennis changed in Germany since you were a little girl? Tennis grew incredibly because we were blessed to have a few great players at the time with Boris Becker, Michael Stich, and with Anke Huber and myself. There was so many players that had different characters and made it real interesting in our home country to turn on the TV or come out to the matches and start getting involved and get interested in what we were doing. It certainly was a big boom.

Is there a WTA player today whom you would really like to have gotten to play in your career? There are not many players that I haven't played. The only one I didn't actually play was [Justine] Henin-Hardenne, and I got to meet her a few weeks ago. I have to say I'm impressed with what she has achieved the last few years, and I love her game.

Did you have a tennis hero when you were young? I can't say that I've had heroes, but who I really admired for their talent and the way they played were Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe.

Did you feel that when you won the Grand Slam that you were so young at 19 that you were not even fully aware of what you were accomplishing then? Well, I mean, to an extent, I was aware, because I had to answer a lot of questions throughout the later part of the Grand Slam tournament. The questions started to arise around Wimbledon and winning Wimbledon, there was a lot of hype around it, if I can do it or not.

If you could go back and just look at perhaps one or two things that you would have changed in your career, what would they have been? I practiced extremely hard, and I think, looking back, I wish that I would have just taken it a little easier. I think, you know, what can I say? I have no regrets, and I wouldn't change a thing.

The chances of you and Andre playing mixed doubles, are we looking at slim and none? Yeah, extremely slim. Extremely, extremely slim.

How much are you getting out and playing these days? It feels great to be on the court. I love it. I still love it.

tennisjunky
Apr 29th, 2004, 11:13 AM
Some other questions and answers from that interview:
full interview (http://www.tennisfame.com/PressCenter/grafTranscript.html)

Q. What about the Williams'?

STEFFI GRAF: Well, I think they are incredible -- the talent that they have, the chances of winning more than they have even done so far. Now lately with Serena's injuries and obviously, I'm not well enough informed about what they do outside of tennis. But in terms of Serena's power and talent and physicality, I would like to see her achieve more than she has done so far.

Q. Given the extremely competitive state of women's tennis today, can you see any of the current players approaching your 22 Grand Slam singles titles?

STEFFI GRAF: There's certainly so much talent out there, you know, you can see it probably with Serena and Venus Williams. They have got incredible talent. They are physically so strong. You know, it's a matter of, also, the desire and there's a lot of options for young girls, if it's attractive enough to stay around tennis as long. But I think that the talent is out there. It's a question of desire, as well as physically how they are able to keep up.



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tennischick
Apr 29th, 2004, 11:15 AM
Steffi :hearts: :worship:

SJW
Apr 29th, 2004, 11:25 AM
great comments by Steffi on the Williams sisters :hearts:

jenny161185
Apr 29th, 2004, 12:22 PM
''How much are you getting out and playing these days? It feels great to be on the court. I love it. I still love it.''
Thats great to read :)

gorecki
Apr 29th, 2004, 01:32 PM
Steffi :kiss:
Justine :kiss:

kiekeboe
Apr 29th, 2004, 01:50 PM
Great so hear some great news from Steffi Graf :)

Lady
Apr 29th, 2004, 02:15 PM
Steffi met Justine some weeks ago :eek: :drool: I can't imagine how exited Justine was ;) :bounce:

sarza
Apr 29th, 2004, 02:26 PM
i love justines game too :banana:

Lady
Apr 29th, 2004, 02:59 PM
This is from other article ;)

"I'm impressed with what (Henin-Hardenne) has achieved the last few years, and I love her game. She's the only one that I haven't played kind of, so maybe I'll pick her," Graf said when asked to pick her favorite player. First of all, she has a one-handed backhand and that's not around much anymore." :p

In addition to the one-handed backhand, both Graf and Henin-Hardenne are adidas and Wilson players who both earned respect for their work-ethic and intensity.

"She's somebody that really, she works physically hard, she's very committed to the sport," Graf said of Henin-Hardenne. "She tried different aspects to make herself better. She maybe doesn't have the physical stature; she's not as tall as other players, but she'll make it up with speed, with working out a little more, and you can see it. I find little similarity in that sense in how I approach the game, and I guess that that's where I look at her and say, well, it's great to have the desire, and then obviously, there's a passion in how she plays and the dedication."

In the home of the Magic Kingdom — Orlando, Florida — tennis royalty met as the former No. 1 came face-to-face with the woman who now wears the crown last month.

"We were both there for a big convention for Adidas, and we were kind of waiting for our parts, basically, in that event," Graf said. "So we were just sitting around and so I just came up and said hello. We got to talk a little bit and I was asking how she's enjoying the game, and I thanked her because she did mention before that she was looking up to me as a player when she grew up. She mentioned that she was in the same airplane in Australia but she didn't feel like she wanted to intrude. I'm like, please, you can always come up and talk to me. I hope that I'm always approachable.
So we had a nice conversation, and I was just telling her that, you know, I've been watching her and been really impressed in what she has achieved." :hearts:

LiliaLee-Frazier
Apr 29th, 2004, 03:07 PM
Great so hear some great news from Steffi Graf :)
Steffi has always been a CLASS ACT :D :bounce: :kiss: :wavey:

bandabou
Apr 29th, 2004, 03:26 PM
Great to hear such a legend commenting and congratulating the current greats.

Greenout
Apr 29th, 2004, 03:48 PM
Wow. I read somewhere that Justine did finally meet Steffi,and am
glad to read the full story here. Wonderful story. I'm thrilled to
read that Steffi appreciates Justine's game and career efforts. :)

SWEET!!!!!!!!

Allez-H
Apr 29th, 2004, 03:53 PM
I'm really glad that Steffi and Justine finally met.You'de think after so many years on the tour Justine would've dared to come up to her and talk but I guess she just had to much respect for her to do that.But again I'm glad that they finally met,and I'm also glad to hear that yet another legend appreciates Justines game :worship:

Greenout
Apr 29th, 2004, 04:11 PM
I'm really glad that Steffi and Justine finally met.You'de think after so many years on the tour Justine would've dared to come up to her and talk but I guess she just had to much respect for her to do that.But again I'm glad that they finally met,and I'm also glad to hear that yet another legend appreciates Justines game :worship:

I'm amazed because a couple of writers, mainly Eleanor Preston
called Justine the new "steffi", and at that time it looked kind of
like ass-kissing journalist. It's funny to finally read that they meet
each other and Steffi does appreciate Justine's game, desire,
and intensity toward tennis. :) Kind of sweet how Steffi
thanks Justine for mentioning her as a role model when she
was a child at interviews etc...

treufreund
Apr 29th, 2004, 04:16 PM
Steffi + Justine = both :angel:

Greenout
Apr 29th, 2004, 04:37 PM
I guess Steffi doesn't think that Justine's 3 grand slam titles are
based on wins w/out merit nor does she see anything wrong with
her being ranked number 1. :) She's impressed with what
Justine has achieved these past two years. I'm just so happy to
see somebody that Justine admires so much give her the pat on
the back she deserves, I hope this will help her attain all her dreams.

Spunky83
Apr 29th, 2004, 05:15 PM
I'm really glad that Steffi and Justine finally met.You'de think after so many years on the tour Justine would've dared to come up to her and talk but I guess she just had to much respect for her to do that.But again I'm glad that they finally met,and I'm also glad to hear that yet another legend appreciates Justines game :worship:

I remember a commentator saying during a match that Justine didn´t have the guts to approach Steffi though she had enough chances in the past, she always just smiled and starred. Happy to see that she finally made it :)

I´ve always said that Justine´s way of playing and her calmness on court are like Steffi´s in some way, you hardly ever saw Steffi throwing rackets or curse words. Same goes for Justine, though actually she threw her "hammer" once during the match in Doha against Kuznetsova :eek: , so there´s some more work to do for Justine for being a tennis hero but she´s going to make it.

Steffi rox :wavey:

schris
Apr 29th, 2004, 05:23 PM
This is why I love Justine`s game so much..... :kiss:

pigam
Apr 29th, 2004, 05:28 PM
SJW, I deleted my reply to your post.
I posted in the wrong thread :o.
Sorry :unsure:

SJW
Apr 29th, 2004, 05:32 PM
SJW, I deleted my reply to your post.
I posted in the wrong thread :o.
Sorry :unsure:
explain plz ;)

pigam
Apr 29th, 2004, 05:36 PM
I 'came in' in between 2 seminars *i'm an adict ;) * and wanted to reply a post in the Hingis vs Williams thread. with a 'I'm sory but: :rolleyes:', but I must have made some stupid mistake :confused: because it turned up in this thread. Prolly because I wanted to be too quick. That's all. :wavey:

Martian KC
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:19 PM
I guess Steffi doesn't think that Justine's 3 grand slam titles are
based on wins w/out merit nor does she see anything wrong with
her being ranked number 1. :) She's impressed with what
Justine has achieved these past two years. I'm just so happy to
see somebody that Justine admires so much give her the pat on
the back she deserves, I hope this will help her attain all her dreams.

Only true fans wouldn't think overwise.

DeDe4925
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:25 PM
Some other questions and answers from that interview:
full interview (http://www.tennisfame.com/PressCenter/grafTranscript.html)

Q. What about the Williams'?

STEFFI GRAF: Well, I think they are incredible -- the talent that they have, the chances of winning more than they have even done so far. Now lately with Serena's injuries and obviously, I'm not well enough informed about what they do outside of tennis. But in terms of Serena's power and talent and physicality, I would like to see her achieve more than she has done so far.

Q. Given the extremely competitive state of women's tennis today, can you see any of the current players approaching your 22 Grand Slam singles titles?

STEFFI GRAF: There's certainly so much talent out there, you know, you can see it probably with Serena and Venus Williams. They have got incredible talent. They are physically so strong. You know, it's a matter of, also, the desire and there's a lot of options for young girls, if it's attractive enough to stay around tennis as long. But I think that the talent is out there. It's a question of desire, as well as physically how they are able to keep up.



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Thank you for that Tennis. I knew we didn't get the "whole" story. :p

Pureracket
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:36 PM
Dear Moderators,

This is another type of example of something up at GM that should
go to into the player forum. It's of interest only to the supporters and
not a true GM topic.


Cheers,

Pureracket

hingis-seles
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:45 PM
Steffi's two most disappointing losses were to Gaby in Tokyo :confused: and Monica in Paris in 1992.

I would have imagined she'd be more disappointed with RG 1989 to Aranxta and maybe, Lori McNeil at Wimbledon 1994 or something...

Allez-H
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:47 PM
Dear Moderators,

This is another type of example of something up at GM that should
go to into the player forum. It's of interest only to the supporters and
not a true GM topic.


Cheers,

Pureracket
Well,this is about Justine but I see many Williamsfan down here,no?

Knizzle
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:49 PM
Dear Moderators,

This is another type of example of something up at GM that should
go to into the player forum. It's of interest only to the supporters and
not a true GM topic.


Cheers,

Pureracket
:yeah: :haha:

Pureracket
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:49 PM
Well,this is about Justine but I see many Williamsfan down here,no?It's clearly something for JHH fans, and it's clogging up GM.

Fingon
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:51 PM
It's clearly something for JHH fans, and it's clogging up GM.
so then all those threads about how great Serena is, how much <insert name> loves Venus and all those polls to "prove" how great they are should go to the Williams sisters forums :confused:

sarza
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:53 PM
what about all the topics on all the other players mainly, mentioning no names but i think we all know who!!! dont you think they should be in player forums too???

Pureracket
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:54 PM
so then all those threads about how great Serena is, how much <insert name> loves Venus and all those polls to "prove" how great they are should go to the Williams sisters forums :confused:That seems to be already suggested by the JHH fans.

Allez-H
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:54 PM
so then all those threads about how great Serena is, how much <insert name> loves Venus and all those polls to "prove" how great they are should go to the Williams sisters forums :confused:
No,I mean you never can get enough of Williamsthreads but that one Justine-thread is just too much.it's not even started by a J-fan :rolleyes:

Pureracket
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:55 PM
:yeah: :haha::lol: :lol: :lol: ;) :lol: :lol: :lol:

sarza
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:56 PM
No,I mean you never can get enough of Williamsthreads but that one Justine-thread is just too much.it's not even started by a J-fan :rolleyes:

they secretly love jhh really :lol: :lol: :lol:

mauresmofan
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:58 PM
Steffi's two most disappointing losses were to Gaby in Tokyo :confused: and Monica in Paris in 1992.

I would have imagined she'd be more disappointed with RG 1989 to Aranxta and maybe, Lori McNeil at Wimbledon 1994 or something...
Good point but I think her most disappointing loss would have to be Wimbeldon 1999. She knew it was her last Wimbeldon and didn't perform as brilliantly in the final as she had done all tournament. But Lindsay played and, in particular, served brilliantly that day.

Pureracket
Apr 29th, 2004, 06:59 PM
they secretly love jhh really :lol: :lol: :lol:Honestly, I do. I don't mind tearing Hingis down, though.

alexusjonesfan
Apr 29th, 2004, 07:12 PM
Oh no, my ex-fave complimenting my current fave who's fave was the ex-fave in question...http://www.newmommie.com/images/smilies/Wee.gif

It's all too much http://www.newmommie.com/images/smilies/faint.gif

SJW
Apr 29th, 2004, 07:18 PM
Dear Moderators,

This is another type of example of something up at GM that should
go to into the player forum. It's of interest only to the supporters and
not a true GM topic.


Cheers,

Pureracket
:lol:

for real

irma
Apr 29th, 2004, 07:23 PM
Steffi's two most disappointing losses were to Gaby in Tokyo :confused: and Monica in Paris in 1992.

I would have imagined she'd be more disappointed with RG 1989 to Aranxta and maybe, Lori McNeil at Wimbledon 1994 or something...It's not weird at all

Steffi always had herself under control (since she got a little trauma when she was 8) and when she didn't something was definitely wrong
As she said herself she was burned out that time and it all came together in match! (she didn't give Sabatini a hand and ran of the court after a bad call. She apologized though)
It was not in the final though but in the quarterfinals.


and about french 92. Well I bashed Steffi for going in that match without any selfbelieve and making too many errors but from a dedication level it was definitely her best effort. She tried incredible hard so it was very dissapointing.

wim 94 was not such a dissapointment. It sounds weird because it was a first round but for some reason it doesn't sound like a bad loss. But as said many times right after the match the commentator said that even in a loss steffi makes history and that shows how great she is and that made me happy again;)
But that's just my opinion of course because Steffi didn't hear the commentator say that (well I think that;))

Kart
Apr 29th, 2004, 08:05 PM
Steffi's two most disappointing losses were to Gaby in Tokyo :confused: and Monica in Paris in 1992.
I was amused to read that :banana:. I'd always heard her say about the French open loss to Monica but never Tokyo although I'd heard that she didn't shake hands which was really uncharacteristic.

Personally, if I were Gaby or Monica I'd be flattered - Steffi didn't lose often :eek:.

I love her interview, she really knows how to speak with respect for her opponents :worship:

Steffi :hearts:

Allez-H
Apr 30th, 2004, 06:12 PM
:yeah: :haha:
:rolleyes:
Didn't you badrep for making the same comment (and i wasn't even serious,just was reffering to this one)?
But again this was for Justine and that one was for Venus.And pureracket is a Williamsfan and I'm a Justinefan :rolleyes:
Very mature of you,I expected better...

treufreund
Apr 30th, 2004, 07:02 PM
i think this proves that JUSTINE IS A GODDESS!!!