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CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 4th, 2005, 02:48 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 3) - Steffi Graf retired in August 1999. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario walked away from tennis three years ago this month and Martina Hingis has also built a life outside tennis.

Another former world number one, queen of the courts in the early 1990s, has not played since a crushing defeat in the first round of the 2003 French Open, yet Monica Seles still refuses to call it quits.

Friends of the nine-times grand slam champion are unsure whether Seles, now 31, can return to the circuit but they are still hoping she will be able to give it one last go.

"I think she would like to come back but the longer she waits, the chances are less and less that she will," Seles's friend, former player Mary Joe Fernandez, told Reuters.

"The longer she's out, the tougher it's going to be to come back and compete at the high level that she was once at and that's what she wants."

Last year another friend and former Fed Cup team mate, Lindsay Davenport, saw little chance of the Yugoslav-born American making a comeback.

"I think she's done," Davenport said. "I think she's loved her last year and won't go out there and play unless she's the good Monica that's everyone's used to.

"I'd put a comeback at five percent."

Before her loss to Nadia Petrova at the 2003 French Open, Seles had suffered injuries in her feet for each of the previous six years. She chose not to undergo surgery and was hoping that her stress fractures would heal naturally.

Foot Problems

In 2004 she was able to compete in World TeamTennis but was blown away by players she would have beaten easily in her prime.

This year, she played a couple of exhibitions early in the year but was not fit enough to attempt a return to the regular tour, as the much younger Hingis did in February.

Hingis, whose retirement was also caused by foot problems, played in the Thailand Open and lost her first match 1-6 6-2 6-2 to German Marlene Weingaertner in February. The Swiss does not intend to repeat the experience.

In September, Seles told the New York Times that her left foot had all but healed, but still occasionally hurt her.

She added that she was playing four to five days a week but she would not commit to when she would attempt a return.

"I think the only way to come back is to be at a certain level," Seles told the Times. "When I left, I was in the top 10 and I want to be able to compete at that level. I couldn't do it any other way."

Like Martina Navratilova, Seles was born in Eastern Europe. She knew how the other half lived and her dedication to tennis was total.

The game has been her life and she may still have a sense of unfinished business after being forced to stay away from tennis following her stabbing in April 1993.

She was aged just 19, ranked world number one and had won five of the previous six grand slam titles when she was knifed in the back by a Graf fan at a changeover during a match in Hamburg.

Long Absence

Following a 27-month absence from the tour, she captured only one more grand slam title, the 1996 Australian Open, and it was Graf who profited most from her layoff.

Bulgarian Magdalena Maleeva, her opponent in Hamburg that day, retired last month.

Seles, number one for 178 weeks, will turn 32 in December. A woman's player of 30 years or older has not won a grand slam singles since Navratilova triumphed at Wimbledon in 1990 aged 33, and the odds are firmly stacked against Seles.

"I'd say it's improbable, but possible," said Seles's former coach, Michael Sell.

"I'd know she'd love to come back but she's the type of player who needs to play a ton of tournaments to be at her best, which will be difficult with the injury.

"But I'll tell you what: when she sees players like Anastasia Myskina and Svetlana Kuznetsova winning grand slams, she feels like she can beat those types of player regularly. So I'm sure she's still tempted."
Seles is said to be enjoying her life in Florida.

She is pursuing off-court interests such as architecture, but that has not stopped her thinking about a final hurrah.

"I honestly think that she doesn't want to end her career with an injury," Fernandez said. "But she's very smart and knows that if she can't come back at 100 percent, she has no chance of getting back into the top 10 and competing for grand slam titles.

"So she'll either come back strong, or quietly fade away. You won't see any farewell tours."


11/03/05 20:01 ET

SelesFan70
Nov 4th, 2005, 03:00 AM
I completely agree with Mary Jo Fernandez's last statement. :worship:

WhatTheDeuce
Nov 4th, 2005, 03:00 AM
Please come back Monica, I MISSSSSSSS you :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :crying2:

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 4th, 2005, 03:04 AM
Please come back Monica, I MISSSSSSSS you :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :crying2:

:hug:

Miranda
Nov 4th, 2005, 03:36 AM
why no fairy tale ending for the poormonica :sad: :sad:

ys
Nov 4th, 2005, 03:39 AM
"But I'll tell you what: when she sees players like Anastasia Myskina and Svetlana Kuznetsova winning grand slams, she feels like she can beat those types of player regularly"

What a moron.. :lol:

disposablehero
Nov 4th, 2005, 03:47 AM
Maybe. Just maybe.

Pheobo
Nov 4th, 2005, 03:54 AM
I don't think the comments towards Nastya and Sveta are fair, it sounds to me like more attempts to take away from their credibility as grand slam winners, because playing like she did in WTT last year I don't think she would win more than 2 games from either player.

tennis aus
Nov 4th, 2005, 03:55 AM
why no fairy tale ending for the poormonica :sad: :sad:


Whether Seles comes back or not, she'll always be remembered as one of the Greatest tennis players to have ever played the game....A True Champion in every sense of the word.

RenaSlam.
Nov 4th, 2005, 03:56 AM
Such a humble and gracious champion. We miss you, Monica. :worship:

Dawn Marie
Nov 4th, 2005, 04:04 AM
I would like for her to be able to play at least so we fans can see her play her last tennis.

I know this is not reality but these girls are around a long time in our sports lives and frankly when they leave us suddenly and without any warning it feels like I am personally cheated.

It's like if somone came and took the Bengals up off the map and they never returned to LIVE play ever again.

Or like a great tv program suddenly getting cancelled. I guess i like knowing that I am given somewhat a little opportunity to see a great champion play the sport profession for the last time.

Miranda
Nov 4th, 2005, 04:31 AM
thanksa lot tennis aus :hug: :smooch: , you are always kind :hug:



Whether Seles comes back or not, she'll always be remembered as one of the Greatest tennis players to have ever played the game....A True Champion in every sense of the word.

TF Chipmunk
Nov 4th, 2005, 04:39 AM
Misleading article title? Monica Seles doesn't say a single thing in this article :shrug:

I hope she comes back, but I'd rather it be sooner than later :sad: Like Mary Joe said, her chances just get slimmer and slimmer the longer she waits.

tennis aus
Nov 4th, 2005, 05:02 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 3)

The game has been her life and she may still have a sense of unfinished business after being forced to stay away from tennis following her stabbing in April 1993.

She was aged just 19, ranked world number one and had won five of the previous six grand slam titles when she was knifed in the back by a Graf fan at a changeover during a match in Hamburg.

Long Absence

Following a 27-month absence from the tour, she captured only one more grand slam title, the 1996 Australian Open, and it was Graf who profited most from her layoff.


11/03/05 20:01 ET


Who can ever FORGET............. :lol:

charmedRic
Nov 4th, 2005, 05:06 AM
Best of Luck.

pcrtennis
Nov 4th, 2005, 05:10 AM
I'm tired of these periodic articles suggesting a possible return.....I wish she would just make a decision....

TO COME BACK OF COURSE!

vogus
Nov 4th, 2005, 05:11 AM
Typical AOL. The article has a headline implying a comeback, and then contains ZERO new information that tells us Seles might really be planning to play on the WTA Tour again. It just gives a few random quotes from MJF on Monika's overall legacy. This is almost disinformation.

tennis aus
Nov 4th, 2005, 05:13 AM
Typical AOL. The article has a headline implying a comeback, and then contains ZERO new information that tells us Seles might really be planning to play on the WTA Tour again. It just gives a few random quotes from MJF on Monika's overall legacy. This is almost disinformation.

It's not from AOL but Reuters! :lol:

CoryAnnAvants#1
Nov 4th, 2005, 06:12 AM
If Monica is waiting to play top ten ball before making a return to the tour, we're not seeing her again. Period. That is not happening. She can make the top 20 again and have an inspired run or two in the majors, but not top 10.

I wish Monica would just get out there and play some tournaments. The only way she is going to get back into form is MATCHES. Playing an exhibition against Martina Navratilova once or twice a year isn't going to count. Suck it up, play some Tier III's and Tier IV's, take your lumps and build your game up gradually.

With the way the game is right now, NOBODY can come back after a three year absence and walk into the top 10 like Monica allegedly is waiting around for. If it's going to be a World Team Tennis repeat (I saw her get bageled by a 15 year old Viki Kutuzova and it was BAD), I'd rather not see her on court. But if it's anything near her old form, she should at least give it a go.

tennisrox
Nov 4th, 2005, 06:19 AM
"But I'll tell you what: when she sees players like Anastasia Myskina and Svetlana Kuznetsova winning grand slams, she feels like she can beat those types of player regularly. So I'm sure she's still tempted."

11/03/05 20:01 ET

That is so damn rude!Sveta has a good all-round game.Myskina isn't all that bad either.

I do hope Monica makes a comeback,but i really can't see her winning slams again.

tennisrox
Nov 4th, 2005, 06:24 AM
I don't think the comments towards Nastya and Sveta are fair, it sounds to me like more attempts to take away from their credibility as grand slam winners, because playing like she did in WTT last year I don't think she would win more than 2 games from either player.

I agree with that.Monica was a great champion,but now that she's out of the game it is utterly unfair to discredit the current players.Get out there and face sveta's forehand before taking a dig at her.Being a tennis player she should know how tough the game is,and how much work it takes to win a slam.No player can win a slam without talent.Ask the hundreds of players who have never won slams.

Billy Moonshine
Nov 4th, 2005, 07:10 AM
Hope she comes back, she is one of the most exciting players ever. With her back in the mix and playing well, the tour in 2006 could be superb entertainment.

faboozadoo15
Nov 4th, 2005, 07:30 AM
I agree with that.Monica was a great champion,but now that she's out of the game it is utterly unfair to discredit the current players.Get out there and face sveta's forehand before taking a dig at her.Being a tennis player she should know how tough the game is,and how much work it takes to win a slam.No player can win a slam without talent.Ask the hundreds of players who have never won slams.
that quote wasn't from monica, but from mike sell.

tennis aus
Nov 4th, 2005, 07:32 AM
Monica Seles may have "only" won one more Grand Slam title after her return in 1995, and she may not have dominated like she once did, but I think she achieved something even greater just by coming back.

Let's not forget that on the day she was stabbed, had Parche actually succeeded in his intentions, she would have been murdered. Thankfully, his aim was not impeccable, and Monica lived. But what a terrible, traumatic thought---that if someone had had his way, you would be dead.

Under the circumstances, who is to say how long it would take anyone to come back from such an experience, from an emotional and psychological standpoint.

Sometimes I think we as fans expect more from our athletes than we deserve to. It is easy to speculate on what they should have done, how they should have trained, and so forth.......but deep down, they are only imperfect human beings like each of us, not super-heroes. Can any of us say that we haven't missed the mark many, many times? Came up short on something when, if we'd worked as hard as we knew we could have, we could have done much better?

I don't think Monica Seles owed anyone anything upon her comeback. She didn't owe it to anyone to win more Grand Slams. And right now, she really doesn't owe it to any of us to make a comeback at this stage of her life. She only owes it to herself to be happy and do what is best for her.

Just by coming back in 1995 and trying to pick up the pieces of her life again, I think she won the "Grand Slam of Life". Everything after that........titles, being #1, Grand Slams, 3-set wins or losses.......really just doesn't seem all that monumental.

tennis aus
Nov 4th, 2005, 07:34 AM
Monica Seles has done well for herself after the Hamburg Tragedy, she has two distinctly different careers, post and pre stabbing, and has done well with both.

Miranda
Nov 4th, 2005, 07:40 AM
agreed :worship: :worship: , monica is still a great player and she could be the greatest ..... but even after that tragedy, she does not change to a bitter person, still being so cheeful and kind, full of life, and thats why i love her so much :worship: :worship:



Monica Seles has done well for herself after the Hamburg Tragedy, she has two distinctly different careers, post and pre stabbing, and has done well with both.

tennis aus
Nov 4th, 2005, 07:51 AM
agreed :worship: :worship: , monica is still a great player and she could be the greatest ..... but even after that tragedy, she does not change to a bitter person, still being so cheeful and kind, full of life, and thats why i love her so much :worship: :worship:

:wavey: