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Tennisfan**
Apr 12th, 2002, 08:17 PM
I recieved my issue of the british tennis ace magazine the other day and there is a great interview with Monica. I dont however have the time to type it all out but im sure you guys would love to read it. I can scan the pics but i dont know how to post them from my PC to here. Can anyone help?

Zl@tko
Apr 12th, 2002, 08:30 PM
It's easy, you can attach the picture when you're posting a new post.

But If you want, you can send it to me and I will post it :)

Tennisfan**
Apr 12th, 2002, 08:33 PM
thanks zlatko. I tried to attatch it but it said the file was to big. what is your address?

Zl@tko
Apr 12th, 2002, 09:06 PM
My address is zlatkotesk@hotmail.com :)

Tennisfan**
Apr 12th, 2002, 10:16 PM
ok well the pics i scanned are not clear so here goes:

Monica Seles seems to have been around for ever, yet she's still only 28 years old. The Yugoslav-born American, who was already in the world's top 100 as long ago as 1988, is one of the most popular stars of the WTA tour, and probably more admired and respected by her peers than any other player. There are very good reasons for this. No other athlete in tennis- and few in any other sport- has had to overcome as much trauma and tragedy as she. And few others have undergone quite such a radical transformation in their public persona.
As a 14 year old ingenue on the tour, Seles was a terrifying child. She hit the ball with a double-handed power that was extraordinary given her slight frame that generated it, and she did so every time with an ear-splitting screech and a ruthlessly-contorted grimace.
In the early 1990s Seles took on and deposed off the great Steffi Graf. Still a teenager, at the height of her powers, and as the Grand Slam titles piled up, she looked set to dominate the game for years to come.
And then, one spring evening in Hamburg in 1993, her world fell apart. Whilst changing ends in the middle of the match she was stabbed by a deranged German lathe operator, Gunther Parche, whose motive was to put seles out of the game in order to allow Graf to return to the top of the rankings.

Her Physical injuries soone healed, but the psycological impact was devastating. Seles became a recluse and could not even bare to to appear in puplic for 2 years...let alone play. She finally emerged in July 1995 and, remarkably, immediatly re-established herself as the second best player in the world, although not quite good enough to regain her ascendancy over Graf.
But Seles had become serioulsy injury-prone, and after addding just one more to her Grand Slam collection at Melbourne in 1996, her efforts were frustrated by long stretches on the sidelines. And the rise of players like Hingis, The Williams & Davenport prevented her from ever returing to the top of the rankings.
There was more heartache: her father and long time coach Karolj died in 1998 after a long fight against cancer; her brother Zoltan was arrested for drink-driving and. at the end of last year, Monica and her mother Ester were involved in a minor road accident, though fortunetly not injured
Monica's hanging in, still a formidable competitor (within the last year she has beaten everyone in the top 10 except Davenport) and her continued presence and effectiveness in tennis is a testament to her courage, resilence and unparalled professionalism.

I'll post the interview soon. This was the introduction. Most i think was stating the obvious though stilla good read.

Tennisfan**
Apr 12th, 2002, 11:53 PM
Part 1 of the interview:

Monica on being one of the tour grannies

Q. Do you feel that you are now part of the older generation; even though you are only 28?

A. I really dont feel that old at 28. For sure, the girls coming into tennis are younger than when i first started, and although i have now been playing tennis professionally since 1989, i missed quite a few years due to injury, so mabye i dont feel as tired as i should.

Q. You were always regarded as one of the games hardest hitters. Do you find that the younger girls coming up are stronger hitters than say a decade ago?

A.When I first came up, I think only Martina (N) Steffi, and myself hit the ball hard. Now virtully all the girls do it, and they are serving harder, too. For sure, the athleticism and training has improved standards a lot in the last 10 years, but itís ture of anyone at the top at anyone time: you force your competition to improve to your level. Thatís why we all have to try and keep improving and adding things to our game. Look at the Williams sisters. They hit the ball really hard, and they are strong athletic players. Certainly it was Navratilova who changed the way players trained and worked and brought a new dimension and emphasis on athleticism to the game.

Q. What aspects of your game are you working on most, and what shot do you rely on most?

A. I am still working on all aspects of my game. Thatís what motivates meÖthe constant striving for improvement, Of course all of the strokes are important in todayís game, and over the years I have improved my serve a lot. To be able to do a one-handed shot and come to the net when I want would be great Ė and this is what I try in practice.

Monica on staying motivated

Q. What is the motivation that keeps you playing top level tennis?

A. The motivation to keep playing is an easy one. That is something thatís inside me Ė the desire to compete and do my best in every match I play. One day Iíll wake up and it wont be there any more- and thatís the day to stop. But for now what motivates me is playing to the highest level I can.
To rise to the challenge of playing the best players, like Martina N, Steffi and Aranxta, in the early years of my career Ėand to do the same with players like Jennifer Capriati, the Williams sisters, Martina Hingis and of the other players that are coming along, and especially on the sportís biggest stages.

Q. Is it harder these days for players to stay fit and healthy?

A. The body has to deal with more problems because tennis is that much more demanding and some players like myself are starting to suffer more from injuries than before. When I first started I donít remember so many players with injuries, even though the schedules are about the same. Matches nowadays are harder, and demand a much bigger physical involvement. But the WTA needs to think seriously about this and do something to prevent so many injuries occuring because, in the long term, itís bad for the reputation of womenís tennis.

Monica off court

Q. How do you like to relax when not playing or training?

A. Wheni am not playing tennis I like playing with my dog, Ariel, spending time with my close friends, reading, listening to music or going to the movies. Sometimes I go horseback riding and occasionally, when I feel like relaxing, I play the guitar. When Iím not on the tour I stay at home with my family. I usually practice in the morning Ė six days a week. I stop on Sunday. Normally I go for walks, watch a movie or visit friends. One of my closes friends is Mary Joe Godsick (formally Fernandez) has just had a baby so sometimes I play babysitter. In fact my life in Florida is very relaxing, and itís a change from life on the tour.

Tennisfan**
Apr 13th, 2002, 12:41 AM
Part 2:

Monica on her misfortunes

Q. You have had more personal setbacks than most athletes have to deal with, and have coped courageously and remarkably well with them all. Looking back now, who and what would you say helped you most?

A. I definetly think the people who have helped me the most over my career and in my life have been y family. They have always been there for me, no matter what, and they gave me strengh and support by just being there.

Q. Do you still find it difficult to talk about the major tradegies in your life, the stabbing and the death of your father?

A. Of course, I am not always ready to talk about (the stabbing). Thereís been so much written about it already. I donít really want to go into the private details of my life. My family problems are my concern, and I donít think they are of any interest to anyone. But time goes by, it doesnít seem to stop when anything happens in my life. I donít mind telling readers about the new thingys that are going on in my life, and to talk about other things.

Monica on womenís tennis

Q. What are your thoughts on the future of the sport?

A. Womenís tennis has a great future. It is becoming more and more popular around the world, and it will keep on going like that. With it being so popular, more and more little girls will want to play our game, and they will be the future stars of tennis.

Q. Do you feel a bit detached from the tour these days?

A. I must admit I feel a bit out of it with all this showbiz stuff, even if itís good for the sport. Wheni started playing I could never have thought that womenís tennis could have grown so much. In those days we were with Steffi and Aranxta and it was quite quiet in comparison. Now thereís just so much going on, so many requests to fulfil, and everything is so noisy. Sometimes it makes me feel more of a spectator than an actor in all of this.

Q. Are you friendly with the other players?

A. It has changed a lot in the last four to five years. I was lucky t be there when Martina (N) and Chris were playing. I remember it wasnít always very friendly between them! After that, with Steffi and me, it was even less so. Today somebody like Hingis, who was No 1 for so long has changed a lot of things, because she speaks naturally with the other players. In the past a lot of No 1ís didnít even bother to say hello!

Q. Are there players you like to watch or play?
A. Martina, the Williams sisters, Jennifer, JustineÖIn fact I love playing gainst the top players. Whatever happens, these are the players you will learn from. When I was younger, I loved to watch Navratilova. Recently , I have seen her in an exhibition match and what sheís doing, and what she has accomplished, is wonderful. She still hasthe fire. Without Martina, Billie Jean King and Chris Evert, who were the real pioneers, none of us would be here, and the tour wouldnít be so sucessful if they hadnít first done the work for us.

Monica on the media

Q. It was difficult setting up this interview with you. Why do you dislike interviews so much?

A. At Grand Slams I never like doing interviews because you have to be very focussed, and itís difficult to agree to all requests. The problem about interviews is that they are always about the same subject and the same questions. I am aware that it is part of our job to communicate with people, through you (the media). But after spending a lot of time and energy on interviews, I often discover that my words have been twisted, and whatís written is not close to reality. It happens so often I am not sure I care anymore.

Q. Do you like talking about tennis?

A. After a match, especially a defeat, I donít want to talk to anyone. When my Dad coached me, he used to try and get me to talk to him after a match, but without much success, and now I often regret that I refused to speak with him. Today I am bit better because I am aware that it is not the best of attitudes. With my coach, Mike Sell, we talk about it a little later but never straight after a match.

Monica looking back

Q.Who was your tennis hero?

A. I think the players I look up to most are probably Billie Jean King Ė whoís such a posative person, without her hard work womenís tennis players would not have all the advantages we have today- and Martina Navratilova. She was a great left-hander. I really enjoyed playing tennis against her and we had some terrific matches. She was such a great athlete and serve-vollyer. I wish I could serve-volley like she did!

Q. Which do you consider to be your most memorable match?

A. I have been lucky enough to have had some great matches and some great memories throughout my career. A few stick in my mind, and probably winning my first Grand Slam at Roland Garros when I was 16, and again in Paris two years later winning that marathon third set over Steffi 10-8 in the final is something I will never forget! Obviously, winning in Australia in í96 after the stabbing, was very emotional for me and that will stay with me for a long time.

Monica on her life after tennis

Q.How many years do you feel you can go on playing at the highest level?

A.Right now I am really enjoying playing tennis, and I have always said how much I love the sport. As soon as that love goes, and as soon as tennis is not fun anymore, I will probably stop. The problem is, itís impossible to put a time frame on it.

Q. What would you like to do after tennis?

A. While you are playing tennis your primary focus is on thatÖany elite sports person will tell you.

Tennisfan**
Apr 13th, 2002, 11:25 AM
What do you guys think of it?

Kool Shen
Apr 13th, 2002, 12:27 PM
A big thanks to you for having posted it !!!! :D

galadriel
Apr 13th, 2002, 12:57 PM
Tennisfan**:D ,thank you very much for post this interview.:bounce:

Loyal Selesian
Apr 13th, 2002, 01:29 PM
thanks so much for taking time to type this lovely interview for us :kiss:

Zl@tko
Apr 13th, 2002, 01:30 PM
Great article. Thank you so much :)