View Full Version : Should Monica Do A Farewell Tour Like Steffi - When She Does Plan on Retiring?

Sep 2nd, 2002, 02:44 PM
I mean what is uppppp w/these journalists? Why can't they leave Monica alone if she has not come out w/a direct and official statement saying she is retiring? Here is another one that seems to think Monica is getting ready to retire.

I feel she can compete for years - because to me, 28/29 is not old. If they feel she is not fit enough - then why don't they see - she could get fitter - if that is what she wishes to do.

Where do these folks get off? Are some of the NY Open officials letting some inside info. out? I just don't get it. And IMO - it is very disrespectful of them to keep speculating in the press about Monica's pending retirement or lack thereof.

Should Monica let everyone know ahead of time that she is leaving? I would love for her to do a farewell tour like Steffi did when she does hang it up. And I hope she sticks around for a few more years or forever.

As far as the Hingis/Seles match - I could say this or that - but to be honest - it is a toss-up IMO.



Btw - CNN is talking about the Serena stalker right now. What a luncher.



Posted on Mon, Sep. 02, 2002

Ball is in Seles' court
By Selena Roberts
New York Times

NEW YORK - There is Monica Seles, strolling through a supermarket, grunting as she pulls a plastic bag from the roller in the produce section, grunting as she reaches for bottled water in the drink aisle, grunting all the way to the checkout counter.

Then, as the clerk slides Seles' American Express card through the computer slit, the lady grunts, too. The commercial fades to black.

Tape it next time, preserve it as a keepsake, because Seles' lighthearted poke at herself might be a little going-away present for her fans. The two-syllable grunt that has become part of Seles lore might be available for a limited time only.

There are signals she is pondering an imminent retirement, perhaps as early as this U.S. Open. Although she cut the angles off the windswept court Saturday, using her racket as a sling blade to advance to the round of 16 with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Yoon Jeong Cho, the elastic in Seles' 28-year-old legs is getting more frayed as the seasons go by.

Two days after escaping a three-set scare against Barbara Schwartz, the sixth-seeded Seles was easing her way through Cho, a Korean qualifier, when her wispy opponent began a drop-shot strategy.

Seles' mobility issues nearly doomed her. After blowing two chances to serve out the match in the second set, Cho, 23, stretched Seles to a third by running off six consecutive games before experience finally won out and the veteran started using drop shots to her advantage.

The victory moved Seles -- who turned professional in 1989 -- into a match today with ninth-seeded Martina Hingis, a past Open champion coming off ankle surgery.

Every close call brings whispers of retirement. With the fall season ahead of her, Seles is entered in only one tournament, an event in Zurich, Switzerland, that she has pulled out of in the past. In the nine years since Seles was stabbed by Guenter Parche on a court in Hamburg, she has steered her schedule away from German-speaking countries.

A fan favorite

Her fans hope the signs are wrong. Seles owns public sentiment. To many, she is a woman who chose not to be a victim of her past but a survivor. Instead of bitterness, she has gained perspective. Instead of isolating herself, she mingles with her fans.

``For whatever reason in my life, there have been some events that made it very difficult, both on and off the court,'' said Seles, who was by her father's side until his death in 1998. ``That's the hand that you're dealt with. I'm very happy doing what I'm doing right now.''

A week from now, who knows? Everything is day to day with Seles. Most tennis officials believe she will end her career with no fanfare, no retirement lap around the tour.

Others wonder if Seles would give the fans she adores one last heads-up by making an announcement before her last event. It's not like her to draw attention to herself, though.

Substance over style

In the tour's media guide, some player photos look like glamour shots. On Seles' page, she is pictured in a baseball cap, her hair pulled back, no makeup.

Beneath her unassuming image is a gaudy list of accomplishments: nine major titles, three years as the season-ending No. 1 player, $13.5 million in prize money. But Seles doesn't look at those achievements alone as a reason to say, ``I've done enough, it's over.''

``Really that's not what it is,'' Seles said, sounding a little ambivalent about the topic. ``I don't know. I just really love the game. It's so simple for me. As a little girl, that's why I started. As long as I can compete professionally and I'm happy at that level, injury-free.

``But I also know I'll play tennis in my old age, too. It's just a sport that I love.''

She still craves the feel of the sweet spot on her strings. If she could conjure up enough of the old magic to make one last strong run at her 10th major, Seles might use the moment as her cue to exit.

``I'd like to play a couple times before I stop competing, playing a really good match,'' Seles said. ``That's one of my goals.''

Age catching up

How far can she go? She can still generate enough power to stick with the Williamses, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport, but she doesn't have the speed around the court. Seles has been venturing more to the net, the quickest way to control a point when a player is out-sized, but nothing will be easy.

But there is hope for the fans who packed the Grandstand court to urge her on to a comeback victory in the third round Thursday, and hope for those who called out, ``We love you, Monica,'' as she pushed through a tough match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday.

``I just know when I first came here to the Open as a spectator in '86, gosh, I was like in such awe of the big stadium, all the people,'' Seles said. ``It didn't even cross my mind that one day I would play and win one of my titles there. I think when I retire and come back again as a spectator, I'll have even a better perspective as I've gotten older and went through more things.''

Sep 2nd, 2002, 02:54 PM
I hope she does let everyone know in advance so we can all say goodbye somehow!

Sep 2nd, 2002, 02:59 PM
Well, Selena Roberts has always written nice articles about Monica.
But it is a bit ridiculous. They have no evidence about her retirement except for supposed "whispers" Is anyone whispering except journalists?

Monica has explicitly denied it, as did her coach, so I'm not sure where these whispers are coming from.

However, I think when she does retire, it will be all of a sudden. At the earliest, I think it would be after the Masters in Los Angeles. It might not be for another five years. I mean, she's only 28 and she's ranked #5 in the world -- it's not like she's losing all kinds of matches.
Her matches this tournament have not been so impressive, but she also has been injured all summer, I think she can play a lot better than she is right now, I don't think she'd like to go out with such a mediocre tournament. I think she'll keep playing. But we'll see.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 03:03 PM
They also said on TV that she had been working with Pat Echaverri (sp?) and why would be she embarking on a training program if she was just winding it up?

But you know they've been speculating about Monica's retirement for years. In 2000, many were talking about it already.
So maybe in 2004 they'll still be talking about it. :0

Sep 2nd, 2002, 03:22 PM
I hope she beats Hingis today, if only to shut up the press.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 03:31 PM
It is beginning to look like Monica will announce an engagement and a retirement in 2003.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 03:35 PM
I hope she beats Hingis AND Venus...then it will shut the press up!

Sep 2nd, 2002, 03:35 PM
teerexx,nah i don't think so.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 03:37 PM
``Really that's not what it is,'' Seles said, sounding a little ambivalent about the topic.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 03:38 PM
ktw, beating Venus would only keep the dogs from her door for a month, at most.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 03:44 PM
Once again, VENUS' name magically appears. :rolleyes: LOL

Sep 2nd, 2002, 05:23 PM
I think she has been rusty like this becuase she only played one tournament after wimbledon I hear no one saying Hingis will retire becuase she lost to Myskina and went to three sets with Irvin.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 05:25 PM
if she does. she can better avoid the temple of luck!

Sep 2nd, 2002, 07:19 PM
If Martina beats Monica - I hope the media types will not spell out the "D" for Doom word for Monica. Martina, for the most part has had Monica's number since the late Nineties. If Monica loses - she should take the loss in stride. And hopefully - not let it get her down. If she beats Martina - then certainly - that will help her confidence and give her that feeling she likes so much.

If eva the games begin.


Tennis: Grande dame Seles relishes the warmth of a hard-earned respect


NEW YORK - Monica Seles won her first professional title as a 15-year-old unranked wildcard at Houston in 1989, beating Chris Evert in the final.

She went on to win nine Grand Slam titles, 53 career singles titles and was ultimately ranked No 1 in the world.

She survived the trauma of an on-court stabbing by a deranged Steffi Graf fan that put her career on hold during what would have been her best years.

Still only 28, Seles is already considered the grande dame of women's tennis.

But while she extended her 12th appearance at the US Open by reaching the last 16, beating South Korea's Cho Yoon-Jeong in three tough sets, rumours floating around Flushing Meadows suggest that this could be her last Open.

It is true that a little of the spring has gone from Seles' step and the power that gave her two Open championships in the early 1990s is on the slide.

She lost seven straight games to Cho and dropped the first set of her second-round match to unseeded Austrian Barbara Schwartz, 6-1.

These days, it seems, there is more on Seles' mind than forehand and backhands.

But still she seems happiest of all on court, away from painful memories, in the thick of action.

"For whatever reason, in my life there have been some events that made it very difficult, both on and off the court," she said in a calm and level fashion.

"That's the hand you're dealt with.

"I'm very happy doing what I'm doing right now. That's really all that matters.

"My life is very complicated even right now, today, sitting here. But I think that's my private life, so I would not want to go into that. I would just hope that everyone respects that.

"I just really love the game. It's so simple for me. As a little girl, that's why I started.

"As long as I can compete professionally and I'm happy at that level, injury-free ...

"But I also know I'll play tennis in my old age, too. It's just a sport that I love.

"I've been very lucky to make a living at it, not just having to have it as a hobby and have another job."

The American is now afforded a public warmth and affection reserved for the brightest of stars, and she could not be happier.

"It's a great feeling at this stage of my career," Seles said.

"Really, it's hard to describe that feeling, how good that feels.

"I went through a period when I just came on the Tour that that was not the case.

"I would play against [Martina] Navratilova - she would get that.

"I'd think, 'I wish one day I would get it'.

"Now that I have it, there's really no feeling like it."

* Rain washed out all but one match, featuring Serena Williams, at Flushing Meadows yesterday.


Sep 2nd, 2002, 07:41 PM
I think Monica will probably just say at the end of a match "this is my last" and then bow in front of the court, and that'll be it; hopefully not anytime soon

Sep 2nd, 2002, 07:56 PM
i think your right, Monica will announce her retirement probably after a match, hopefully one that is on tv.

Tennis Fool
Sep 2nd, 2002, 08:29 PM
Maybe Monica is preggers ala Testud???

Sep 2nd, 2002, 08:50 PM
by whom? Mike Sell? thatd be interesting

Monica Seles-Sell


Sep 2nd, 2002, 09:06 PM
No real need for a farewell tour - with all the constant questions about retirement it's been like a farewell tour this year anyway.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 11:56 PM
Did Steffi ever complete her world tour? I know that she did play Coetzer in South Africa but wasn't she supposed to play Novotna, Kournikova and even Seles at some stage? Or was she having problems with her knee? I can't remember....