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R. Federer
Nov 19th, 2006, 06:53 AM
How many of you are old enough to remember her? I am (sadly enough, I am that old!)

She became a nun!!!!

http://people.aol.com/people/article/0,26334,1561084,00.html


Tennis Star Andrea Jaeger's New Life as a NunTwenty-five years ago, Andrea Jaeger was the brat of the women's tennis tour. While rising to No. 2 in the world, she tells PEOPLE she sometimes screamed at linesmen and was standoffish to competitors.

Cut to the present: The former tennis star, surrounded by a gaggle of young cancer survivors, strolls the halls of Cincinnati Children's Hospital. At each room the gang stops and belts a splendidly off-key version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." In their beds, other kids giggle.

Jaeger's worldview has changed dramatically: On. Sept. 16 the former tennis terror became, officially, Sister Andrea, an Anglican Dominican nun. Now 41, she has dedicated her life to the care of kids in need, visiting hospitals and running camps for kids with cancer.

Sister Andrea says that even when she was on the tour, there was a more spiritual soul lurking beneath. She says she always felt that "God had a plan" for her.

Her father, Roland, also had a plan, which at the time took priority: A tennis natural since the day she picked up a racquet at age 8, Jaeger won a slew of junior tournaments and turned pro at 14.

Within two years she was ranked number two in the world – and widely disliked by some fellow competitors. Author Rita Mae Brown, who followed the tour back then, was not one of them. "I remember somebody we all loved very much was dying of cancer but we didn't know it," says Brown. "Andrea was very gentle in her company; she felt things before the rest of us."

Likewise, Jaeger recalls how at 15 she entered her first children's hospital because she admired Brown's "generosity of spirit," and found her own calling. "I knew this is what I was supposed to do when I grew up," she says.

Jaeger's tennis career ended at the French Open in 1985 when she popped her right shoulder. Seven surgeries later, she retired in 1987. With the $1.4 million she won on the tour, Jaeger moved to Aspen in 1989 to start a foundation with best pal Heidi Bookout. Today, their Little Star Foundation (www.littlestar.org) provides programs for more than 8,000 children a year that are seriously ill, abused or at-risk.

Jaeger didn't hear the call to become a nun until earlier this year, when it came in a dream. "I was getting a tour of a monastery. My tour director was Catherine of Siena, who mission was to help the sick, the poor and the suffering. She admits that she kept her plans a secret. "My biggest concern was the foundation," confesses Jaeger, who raises the funds for programs that cost $4.3 million a year.

The first person she told was supermodel Cindy Crawford, a supporter and personal friend. "Becoming a nun is pretty radical," says Crawford, but "she can't deny who she's supposed to be."

"When people ask if I miss tennis," says Jaeger, "my answer has always been, 'No regrets. God wanted me to do something else, and it happened to be helping children with cancer. I love what I do."

Lefty.
Nov 19th, 2006, 06:56 AM
Woah. She became a nun? :eek: I'm of course not old enough to remember her, but i've read a lot about her in her playing day.

Cat's Pajamas
Nov 19th, 2006, 06:56 AM
OMG Death. :haha: :haha: :spit:



Rock on Andrea :rocker2:

dreamgoddess099
Nov 19th, 2006, 06:58 AM
Wow, that's a surprise. Anyway, who do you guys think will be the next player to become a nun?

Sally Struthers
Nov 19th, 2006, 07:00 AM
Maybe she can bring Dokic, Lucic, and Stevenson into the convent :lol:

Ben.
Nov 19th, 2006, 07:02 AM
i neva really knew her that well but i have heard a lot bout her. so she has become a nun, interesting ;)

Ben.
Nov 19th, 2006, 07:10 AM
a question to ppl in this forum: could u possibly see sharapova becoming a nun after her tennis career? i don't think i could but it would be quite funny if she did :lol: :lol:

drake3781
Nov 19th, 2006, 07:28 AM
Strange, I have no memory of her, even though I'm old enough to remember that time.

Here is her picture in her tennis days.

http://img.timeinc.net/people/i/2006/news/061127/sister_andrea_jaeger2.jpg

And I don't think anyone can become a nun in a few months... I think it takes a couple of years... something strange about that. :confused:

Ben.
Nov 19th, 2006, 07:32 AM
Strange, I have no memory of her, even though I'm old enough to remember that time.

Here is her picture in her tennis days.

http://img.timeinc.net/people/i/2006/news/061127/sister_andrea_jaeger2.jpg

And I don't think anyone can become a nun in a few months... I think it takes a couple of years... something strange about that. :confused:

wow :eek: that's her. and yes it does take a couple of years 2 become a nun i think unless something has been changed drastically.

bionic71
Nov 19th, 2006, 07:54 AM
Andrea....I got to see her play a few times in the early 80s. She played a few of the grass court events in Australia to warm up for the Open. She could play some really great matches and then at other times appeared to be a bit of a head case....giggling and losing concentration on court

She had great groundies....and was hitting with much more topspin than the other girls at the time (Evert, Austin, Navratilova, Shriver, Turnbull etc). I loved her forehand....a huge weapon when she was in form.

She was more than handy on all surfaces....making the Wimbledon and French finals...

She had wins over most of the top players in the early 80s...sadly, by 1984, she was a spent force due to dreadful shoulder injuries and multiple failed surgery attempts.

hwanmig
Nov 19th, 2006, 08:47 AM
Maybe Pierce can do that too after she retires.

égalité
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:02 AM
SESIL should just quit tennis now and become a nun :tape:

-sugi-
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:06 AM
:lol: That is cool :) Good luck to her I guess :)

Ben.
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:11 AM
SESIL should just quit tennis now and become a nun :tape:

2 repent her sins nonetheless :tape:

Jakeev
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:22 AM
She is a beautiful person and that is all I can say. I remember the Andrea of old, but that is a whole other era in time.

ioni
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:40 AM
a question to ppl in this forum: could u possibly see sharapova becoming a nun after her tennis career? i don't think i could but it would be quite funny if she did :lol: :lol:

yes i can see her becoming a nun :angel: and hingins will join her :devil:

Dani12
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:59 AM
Well, I'm only 16. I don't recall her from when she played, but I've seen old clips of Wimbledon tournament official films with her on it and I remember not liking her. She did seem like a brat to me. :)

Ben.
Nov 19th, 2006, 10:19 AM
yes i can see her becoming a nun :angel: and hingins will join her :devil:

:lol: hingis a nun :tape:

:inlove:
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:55 AM
OMG *death*. :haha: I can't believe it! Andrea. :worship:

!<blocparty>!
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:16 PM
Anyway, who do you guys think will be the next player to become a nun?

Jennifer Capriati.

Andrea :hearts:. She'd have been my favourite player. ;)

Shine On Silver Moon
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:24 PM
a question to ppl in this forum: could u possibly see sharapova becoming a nun after her tennis career? i don't think i could but it would be quite funny if she did :lol: :lol:

well, her name is maria, so she is a nun already:p :lol:

Elenarulez
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:35 PM
:tape:

ioni
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:35 PM
well, her name is maria, so she is a nun already:p :lol:

so :scratch: i'm confused if my name would be maria i'm a nun ? don't get your logic.....

.Andrew.
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:50 PM
That's cool. Lol. I actually do remember reading about her faintly.

Orion
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:12 PM
She was disliked because she was SO young to be doing so well. She was the original prodigy; Evert was 16 when she reached the US Open semi's, but Jaeger was 14 and a half (!!!).

!<blocparty>!
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:51 PM
I read about her in the Ace Flashbacks section (when I used to read it religiously ;)) She had amazing groundstrokes and one of the best double handers out there. :hearts:

She reached the French Open final in 1982 and the Wimbledon final the following year, losing on both occasions to Navratilova. Jaeger would also reach the U.S. Open semifinals in 1980 and 1982, as well as the Australian Open semifinals in 1982. Despite appearing to be reaching the prime of her career, however, a major shoulder injury at the age of 19 ended Jaeger's career prematurely in 1985. Seeing this career-ending injury as a door to a spiritual awakening, she went on to college and received a degree in theology.

lolas
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:55 PM
Author Rita Mae Brown, who followed the tour back then, was not one of them. "I remember somebody we all loved very much was dying of cancer but we didn't know it," says Brown. "Andrea was very gentle in her company; she felt things before the rest of us."

scary

Tripp
Nov 19th, 2006, 03:03 PM
Maybe Julia Vakulenko could follow her steps. Wasn't she "rescued" by some religious organization?

I'm absolutely :speakles: about Andrea becoming a nun. She used to be such a brat. Oh well, I guess she's changed, after all she was just a kid when she was known for her tennis.

Martian KC
Nov 19th, 2006, 03:04 PM
Wow, jsut completely random. Congrats Andrea?

Nicjac
Nov 19th, 2006, 03:37 PM
Who would have guessed ... anyway, go Andrea, great cause!

clonesheep
Nov 19th, 2006, 05:24 PM
Wow, that's a surprise. Anyway, who do you guys think will be the next player to become a nun?

Elena Dementieva. Mama Vera will send her away to a monastry when she found out that Lena has pre-marital sex with Maxim. :lol:

the cat
Nov 19th, 2006, 05:29 PM
I remember Andrea Jaeger as tennis player and was sad that her career was ruined by injuries. :( But she went on to bigger and better things in life and I admire her for that. :) Well done to Andrea on all of her efforts to help people and on becoming a Nun. :D

Gooner
Nov 19th, 2006, 05:37 PM
OMG I have heard of her, never seen her play. Maybe she can come back on the Legends tour and play in her Habit. :)

kiwifan
Nov 19th, 2006, 06:11 PM
Wow, that's a surprise. Anyway, who do you guys think will be the next player to become a nun?

Patty Schnyder seems to be the obvious choice. :shrug:

urklerlay
Nov 19th, 2006, 06:40 PM
wow...thx for the link. who wold have thought?

drake3781
Nov 19th, 2006, 08:34 PM
Maybe Julia Vakulenko could follow her steps. Wasn't she "rescued" by some religious organization?

I'm absolutely :speakles: about Andrea becoming a nun. She used to be such a brat. Oh well, I guess she's changed, after all she was just a kid when she was known for her tennis.


Yes, I'm glad you reminded me about Julia Vakulenko. She is/was training at a religious (Christian) sports academy, right? That was a weird story. What has she done this past year? I haven't taken any notice.

arcus
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:40 PM
She did some interviews for US TV at a recent grand slam, maybe us open 05.

She appeared with tracy austin and johnny mac. She was fund-raising for her charity and came across as a really funny gentle person.

In an era when some players seem to only be motivated by celebrity and $s, its refreshing to see someone whose gone in in the opposite direction.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:19 PM
Wow, that's a surprise. Anyway, who do you guys think will be the next player to become a nun?

Amy Frazier ;) Seriously though...i am happy for Andrea! This seems to be what she truly wants in life.
:bounce:

Joan Rivers
Nov 19th, 2006, 11:36 PM
Good luck to Andrea. I know she and Chris Evert are still friends. Chris went to visit Andrea after her divorce was announced a few weeks ago. Chris was contemplating becoming a nun as she thought it would be a wonderful way to find spiritual peace after a hard time in her life. She was just about to sign up when Andrea told her she'd have to take a vow of celibacy. Chris screamed and was last seen literally climbing the wall outta there.

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 20th, 2006, 03:01 AM
OMG I have heard of her, never seen her play. Maybe she can come back on the Legends tour and play in her Habit. :)

:lol: Good one... ;)

*JR*
Nov 20th, 2006, 03:07 AM
Patty Schnyder seems to be the obvious choice. :shrug:
I think a witch is more likely. :devil:

Zummi
Nov 20th, 2006, 10:09 PM
Good luck to Andrea. I know she and Chris Evert are still friends. Chris went to visit Andrea after her divorce was announced a few weeks ago. Chris was contemplating becoming a nun as she thought it would be a wonderful way to find spiritual peace after a hard time in her life. She was just about to sign up when Andrea told her she'd have to take a vow of celibacy. Chris screamed and was last seen literally climbing the wall outta there.

:lol: A minor correction. In Sister Andrea's order, the Anglican Dominicans, I think the vow of celibacy is optional. She is a Protestant nun (Episcopalian), not Catholic.

Rocketta
Nov 20th, 2006, 11:09 PM
Congrats to Andrea! :clap2:

I remember watching her play the Family Circle Cup... :D

She was troubled as a teen but it was all so she could be the adult she is now and society is the benefactor from it. :bigclap:

cr_ar_4ever
Nov 20th, 2006, 11:19 PM
WOW Cat Lickers(I don't have anything against them it's just that their weddings are way too long)are very secretive. I can't find the qualifications to be a nun anywhere.

quasar
Nov 20th, 2006, 11:45 PM
Andrea Jaeger is now a nun

If Anna Kournikova were ever to become a nun, that would mark the beginnings of the Apocalypse!

This would actually be a good idea for Sister Act 3: The Golden Nun, where Whoopi Goldberg's convent is about to get repossesed, and new recruit Anna K. has to compete in the US Open to pay off the bank. (Seems like the only way she could ever win a title).

Cheers,

Carlos

FanDeJen
Nov 21st, 2006, 01:39 AM
so that means she was single all these years??

I think Sania Mirza could become a budist nun someday

quasar
Nov 21st, 2006, 01:44 AM
I think Sania Mirza could become a budist nun someday
There are actually buddhist nuns?!?

Cheers,

Carlos

hwanmig
Nov 21st, 2006, 12:09 PM
so that means she was single all these years??

I think Sania Mirza could become a budist nun someday

Sania is Muslim:confused:

Sam L
Nov 21st, 2006, 12:48 PM
Maybe she can bring Dokic, Lucic, and Stevenson into the convent :lol:


:lol::lol::lol:

bee
Nov 21st, 2006, 01:13 PM
wow.. a nun..

Hagar
Nov 21st, 2006, 01:31 PM
Is she American? Her name sounds so German.

Anyway, very brave choice in today's world. She must be a special person with a lot of qualities.

MistyGrey
Nov 21st, 2006, 03:01 PM
Andrea was one of my all time favourites. Such potential, but a victim of injuries and an overbearing father. :sad:
Have a good life Andrea and Good luck!

MistyGrey
Nov 21st, 2006, 03:02 PM
Is she American? Her name sounds so German.

Anyway, very brave choice in today's world. She must be a special person with a lot of qualities.

Her paternal grand parents were German.

miranda_lou
Nov 21st, 2006, 04:05 PM
Some of you people are so ignorant and ridiculous.:( This is a serious article about a very serious young woman and you people want to make jokes. You're a bunch of idiots.

Andrea was one of my all time favourites. Such potential, but a victim of injuries and an overbearing father.

So true. Poor Andrea's father beat ALL fathers in the "Bad Tennis Daddy" department. He was awful.:fiery: Andrea, on the other hand was a nice girl (bratty, true) but you could tell she was a nice girl, deep down. None of the other girls liked her and she was lonely on the road so, rather than just sit in her room she would visit children in hospitals in the cities where she played. She never announced these visits or expected cameras to be present, she just went to the hospitals with toys and books and played with the children.:angel: She was a very sweet girl.

All the money she earned from tennis has been spent in founding her camp for sick children and she has done a great job. Andrea should be admire for that. She is a good person.

Her paternal grand parents were German.

Her father must have just come over on the boat because he had a very, very heavy accent. He could barely make himself understood. I think the mother was German also but I never heard her speak.

raquel
Nov 21st, 2006, 06:57 PM
So true. Poor Andrea's father beat ALL fathers in the "Bad Tennis Daddy" department. He was awful.:fiery: Andrea, on the other hand was a nice girl (bratty, true) but you could tell she was a nice girl, deep down. None of the other girls liked her and she was lonely on the road so, rather than just sit in her room she would visit children in hospitals in the cities where she played. She never announced these visits or expected cameras to be present, she just went to the hospitals with toys and books and played with the children.:angel: She was a very sweet girl.

I think she had a hard time on the tour. In Peter Bodo's book The Courts of Babylon (back when Peter was quite a respected tennis writer) there was a bit about her that I put in a thread about the book in the Blast from the Past forum -

At the time, many of the top women players were lesbians. The ethic of this older generation was fiercely professional, and Evert quickly learned that a pecking order existed in the women's game. She would have to learn to play politics with the best of them in order to protect her own interests. I'll tell one sad and weird story to illustrate the degree to which personal and sexual politics play a part in women's tennis a little more often than they should, and how no top woman player can steer clear of them and still be an active force in the establishment that runs the game.

Andrea Jaeger, the gifted prodigy, reached five Grand Slam semifinals and the Wimbledon final by the time she reached 18. We were friends, and I was sorry to see her become something of a lost soul on the tour - a rebellious, discontented, confused pilgrim whose increasingly erratic behaviour sent silent but powerful shock waves through the women's tennis establishment. I liked Andrea's punk rebel-without-a-pause attitude, her fire as a competitor, and her taste in dirt bikes. I didn't even mind that she took to carrying a switchblade. Shoot, I was 18 once too.

But the WTA was alarmed by her behaviour and the image she projected. The knife proved to be a serious problem, as did the incident in which Andrea shoved another woman, Renee Blount, up against a locker. Jaeger was not only a loose cannon but a top player and potential superstar, a combination that made the WTA establishment (which is dominated by both active and retired players) really edgy. It all came to a head shortly after a shoulder injury sidelined Jaeger for good. When a top player with whom Jaeger had a close friendship suddenly took up with a tour official who happened to be one of Evert's friends, Jaeger sensed she was suddenly getting the cold shoulder from both parties.

Feeling rejected, Jaeger became embroiled in a series of confrontations with her former friend, and other top women on the Tour. The other women closed ranks and, Jaeger said, encouraged her to embark on a lesbian relationship with another player, apparently as part of their damage-control strategy. This really upset Jaeger, who denied having any lesbian inclinations. Jaeger had always admired Evert, and she was crushed by what she described as Evert's complicity in this crude ploy. Feeling betrayed on all fronts, Jaeger caused a fair bit of trouble before it all got sorted out. Among other things, this episode illustrated the dangers of exposing a child who may have been wrestling with typical problems of gender confusion to an atmosphere supercharged with sexual ambiguity and politics.The player who was Andrea's friend that was seeing the tour official was Wendy Turnbull allegedly. I think with her father, her injuries and the cliques on the tour mixed with success and making Grand Slam finals, she must have went through a real emotional rollercoaster at a young age. Good luck to her. She deserves it I think.

Talula
Nov 21st, 2006, 07:01 PM
What a load of nunsense. Grabbing God even if he or she wants to be left alone. Funny how people lay claims on God when all else fails - never heard God lay claims on anyone! I feel sorry for God, Cliff Richard, Tammy Faye, Debbie Boone, and now Andrea Jaeger. The Devil gets all the fun folks. She was a crap tennis player and I doubt her nunship will last any longer.

Carmen Mairena
Nov 21st, 2006, 09:20 PM
OMFG is she really NOT going to fuck anymore??? :weirdo: Typical American lost soul... Most of people get well with a simple fluoxetin treatment... A nun... :rolleyes: :americanlife:

miranda_lou
Nov 21st, 2006, 10:03 PM
She was a crap tennis player and I doubt her nunship will last any longer.

:confused:

Her "nunship" is not a phase she's going through, it's an avocation. What are you talking about.

drake3781
Nov 21st, 2006, 11:07 PM
:confused:

Her "nunship" is not a phase she's going through, it's an avocation. What are you talking about.

Maybe, maybe not.

This goes back to my original point, I don't think you can become a nun in such a short amount of time. The process is supposed to take something like two to three years, so that the woman can truly decide if this is the life for her.

If some can actually become a nun in six months, then the problem is that it could really be just a phase.

laurie
Nov 21st, 2006, 11:38 PM
Andrea Jaeger has had a calling to work with kids since the early 1990s. She talked about it in the book "Ladies in the Court - Grace and disgrace in the Women's Tour" written by Michael Mewshaw in 1991.

An important book. An expose about the ills of womens tennis including abuse by parents, older coaches, burnout among other things at that time. Rules like the eligibility rule for under 18s not been allowed to play a full schedule is a consequence of that book and quite a few scandals in the 1980s and 1990s.

Players like Jaeger, Tracy Austin and Hingis would have been unlikely to have suffered burnout by the age of 21 had these type of rules been in place in the 1980s and 1990s. Playing too much too soon. Therefore the teenage champion is almost a thing of the past.

I wish Andrea luck. Michael Chang is studying theology too.

Winston's Human
Nov 22nd, 2006, 12:32 PM
I just do not understand some posters.

Whatever faults Andrea Jaeger may have had as a player, her post-tennis life is beyond reproach. She has devoted years and almost all of her money to providing some measure of happiness for terminally ill children. Jaeger is a rare example of selflessness in today's all-about-me society.