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GogoGirl
Mar 20th, 2003, 11:27 PM
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=sportsNews&storyID=2419416


Seles: Players Still Vulnerable to Attack
Thu March 20, 2003 05:31 PM ET

By Richard Luscombe

MIAMI (Reuters) - Ten years after being stabbed by a deranged Steffi Graf fan in Hamburg, Monica Seles says she still feels not enough is being done to protect women players at tournaments.

"You're totally accessible. There's no other sport in which you're accessible as in tennis," the Yugoslav-born American said at the Nasdaq-100 Open on Thursday.

Playing against Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva in the quarter-finals in Hamburg in 1993, Seles was stabbed in the back during a changeover by Guenter Parche, who wanted to see Graf reclaim the top spot in the rankings.

Asked if she was satisfied with the security on and off the court since the incident, she said: "It's insufficient in a lot of ways, our accessibility to people to get us on site, in matches, after matches. It's not just me, it's any of the high-profile players."

Seles, who spent almost two years away from tennis to recover from the attack, also dropped further hints that she is beginning to think about retirement.


LEADING PLAYERS

She will turn 30 in December and despite being one of the world's leading players -- she reached at least the quarter-finals of all four grand slams last year -- she admits that her fitness is not at its peak.

"My first expectation this week is just to be able play and be pain-free, because I've been struggling in the past two weeks with my foot," said Seles, who is in the same quarter of the draw as defending champion and top seed Serena Williams.

"I have a difficult draw so I really look forward to the first round, and just make sure I can stay healthy.

As for retirement, Seles said: "I might announce it, I might have a farewell tour and I might not. I really have no idea. I don't really dwell on the past.

"I wish I didn't get stabbed and I competed at the highest level for those few years, but besides that I was very happy.

"It's hard to say okay, this is the tournament you're going to end it on' because really, as an athlete, you never know.

"If I know that in six months I'm going to stop and I'm comfortable announcing that, then great.

"If I'm not sure, then why make a point of that and say, 'one more year, one more year'?"

Seles received a first-round bye here as 10th seed, and is scheduled to begin her campaign against French qualifier Marion Bartoli on Friday or Saturday.

disposablehero
Mar 20th, 2003, 11:33 PM
This sounds remarkably similar to the "hints" she has been giving since she was 17.

tyk101
Mar 20th, 2003, 11:37 PM
it sounds as if Monica is pissed off with something? probably her injury.. hope she plays well...

AjdeNate!
Mar 21st, 2003, 12:08 AM
Yes, she absolutely is most convincing about retirement. We will miss her, oh well.... move on...next. :rolleyes: Some journalists are just continually forcing her off the court w/their constant retirement nagging.

jojoseph
Mar 21st, 2003, 12:13 AM
This sounds remarkably similar to the "hints" she has been giving since she was 17.

I agree, I didn't see any real hints in there. She just seemed to want to say something to get them off her back.

selesrules
Mar 21st, 2003, 12:16 AM
Why is there a smiley face next to the title of the thread, you're happy to see Monica retiring? :rolleyes:

Dawn Marie
Mar 21st, 2003, 12:19 AM
She's probably pissed that she keeps getting tough ass draws!! Her foot in bugging her too I imagine.

Seles1
Mar 21st, 2003, 12:19 AM
She allways says that she can play for one more day or many years. She will retire when she doesn't love to compete and is unable to do it at a top level.

Seles1
Mar 21st, 2003, 12:27 AM
People should really stop posting these threads about Monica retiring when there was no new info that said she was. I get mad when people always bring it up, image how Monica feels.

earthcrystal
Mar 21st, 2003, 01:18 AM
Why is there a smiley face next to the title of the thread, you're happy to see Monica retiring? :rolleyes:
I wondered the same thing when I saw the thread. Wishful thinking perhaps? :rolleyes:

This is a non-story in terms of retirement. The title of the article is what it's about.

Chance
Mar 21st, 2003, 01:36 AM
GoGogirl puts that smiley on EVERY article...it has nothing to do with the subject matter.

I agree with Dawn Marie, Monica sounds pissed I would be too with these moronic reporters and her draw.

tennischick
Mar 21st, 2003, 01:39 AM
is there a match in which the screaming banshee doesn't HINT at retirement?? :mad:

this is getting so flipping old...:o

DutchieGirl
Mar 21st, 2003, 02:24 AM
This sounds remarkably similar to the "hints" she has been giving since she was 17.

lol touche! ;)

R&J
Mar 21st, 2003, 06:38 AM
is there a match in which the screaming banshee doesn't HINT at retirement?? :mad:

this is getting so flipping old...:o
Maybe so, but that screaming banshee is my favourite tennis player, and deserves some respect. show some respect.

WtaTour4Ever
Mar 21st, 2003, 06:48 AM
Actually I haven't known her to even really want to discuss retiring....she always says she will continue to play while she enjoys it. It is the MEDIA that is always hinting at retirement.

irma
Mar 21st, 2003, 06:49 AM
poor monica. she must not feel loved since everybody wants to get rid of her :sad:

irma
Mar 21st, 2003, 06:50 AM
well the media at least!

R&J
Mar 21st, 2003, 06:51 AM
it's hard to come by a player with a more winsome smile or winning attitude than monica...but if she's going to play so-so tennis for the next few years, then she should stop the damn hinting and retire already....
But thats her choice not yours. Why should someone stop their career early just because someone else thinks she should stop. Just because she's not the best doesnt mean she has to retire like some players do. Maybe she loves to compete still. I sure wouldnt stop doing what I love, just because someone wanted me to stop because they dont think I am up to par anymore.

R&J
Mar 21st, 2003, 06:54 AM
But thats her choice not yours. Why should someone stop their career early just because someone else thinks she should stop. Just because she's not the best doesnt mean she has to retire like some players do. Maybe she loves to compete still. I sure wouldnt stop doing what I love, just because someone wanted me to stop because they dont think I am up to par anymore.
Like Steffi, she must have ended her career so abrupt because she didnt want to have to play the new generation. Steffi also had more time to play, Monica had a cut and paste career. Monica still loves to play, Steffi doesnt.

irma
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:04 AM
Like Steffi, she must have ended her career so abrupt because she didnt want to have to play the new generation. Steffi also had more time to play, Monica had a cut and paste career. Monica still loves to play, Steffi doesnt.

steffi always talked about retirement herself even giving dates. the only reason it took so long was because there was always some obstacle imho.

monica doesn't talk about it herself, the media does

there is the difference :o

R&J
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:17 AM
r&j...did i say it was my choice? and really...does anyone quit a profession just because someone made a suggestion? yes...monica may not be the best. but if i had to choose a player to really like, it would be her. however, competitive tennis is not like having a job at the large copy machine at your nearest kinko's where you can screw up a few copies and say, 'oh well...let me try again'...professional tennis is a big money game where it's now obvious that if you don't have what it takes, you'll get power-slammed off the court. so...the demands are heavier. i realize it's after midnight pacific time and you're probably needing some confrontation to stay awake...find it elsewhere...i'm pre-occupied right now...
Now thats rude. I was making a comment that I didnt like the 'screeming banshee' comment. That was rude - so I voiced my opinion. so did you - great. thats what this message forum is for. Dont be rude -

R&J
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:21 AM
So I defend Moncia and say I didnt like the screeming banshee comment, and now I am the one being mis qoated as saying Monica is the one who comments on her retirement not the media?!!!

monica doesn't talk about it herself, the media does


exactly! I agree!
"But someone said that Monica always brings it up, how old"
So that prompted me to stand up for Monica.
Where do get that I was saying Monica brings up the retirement thing and the media doesnt?
Just here to praise Monica and all players. I would never say anything negative about a player. I was saying Monica is still around and she might not be the best - but she loves to play - maybe steffi retired early because she knew she wouldnt be winning as much. Monica doesnt care - she just loves to play.

Scorch
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:22 AM
This is aimed at those who are doggig Monica for 'hinting at retirement.'

It never ceases to amaze me that people read interviews like this and then make the assumption that the player controls every topic covered.

When players go into press conferences, interviews etc. they do not have control over what questions are asked. Sure they can refuse to answer questions but there comes a point where they have to say something. The media controls how they report on a player.

Too many people get this wrong. Hence we have statements like:

Monica always hints at retirement.
Kim always talks about wanting to beat the Williams sisters.
Anna always talks about her private life.

Get a grip, take a step back and see the bigger picture for heaven's sake!!

R&J
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:23 AM
that's what private home tennis courts are made for....
So your saying that since Monica isnt the best anymore - she loves to play. she should just retire and play at home?!!!
Yuck- is this what this forum is full of? this kind of talk?

ktwtennis
Mar 21st, 2003, 10:28 AM
Give me a break...Just the slightest bit of talk of retirement gets everyone up in cries of retirement...You're just as bad as those stupid reporters...

R&J
Mar 21st, 2003, 12:28 PM
Give me a break...Just the slightest bit of talk of retirement gets everyone up in cries of retirement...You're just as bad as those stupid reporters...
Who?

GogoGirl
Mar 21st, 2003, 01:26 PM
I posted the article because it was in the news. I also had never seen heard Monica hint that she might like a farewell tour but Id brought it up over a year ago and posed the question - would she?

I would hate to see Monica call it quits. And if she wants a farewell tour then yippee because she cant have it this year so shell definitely be back next year and IMO this is good news.

Id miss her when she does leave - and there is no question. I am one of the ones that feels that on any given day Monica can beat anyone. We should never forget that when she is on she hits the corners and lines better than anyone. She still trys to go deep and long w/the best of them.

The smiley face is just there as a greeting, sort of speak - from me. I am an up and optimistic person for the most part. I am never really a mad sad depressed or angry person in my life. All those things are negative emotions so I like to try and stay up. One cant be happy all of the time but one can still strive for contentment and peace. So generally I would use a smiley face. But if I were to post about the war I would use a sad face.

wongqks
Mar 21st, 2003, 01:53 PM
thanks gogogirl

but the truth is that people said that she is hinting retirement since 6 years ago, so it really is nothing new.

Monica answer this question over and over again. She say that if one day she wake up and decide she doesn't want to play competitive tennis anymore, she will stop. It maybe in two or three years, it may be tomorrow. Sounds simple enough for me don't you think?

ktwtennis
Mar 21st, 2003, 11:11 PM
Who?The person that started the thread...

Kart
Mar 23rd, 2003, 01:16 AM
If that's a hint then Monica might be taking subtlety a bit far.

stefanieforever
Mar 28th, 2003, 09:55 AM
So I defend Moncia and say I didnt like the screeming banshee comment, and now I am the one being mis qoated as saying Monica is the one who comments on her retirement not the media?!!!

monica doesn't talk about it herself, the media does


exactly! I agree!
"But someone said that Monica always brings it up, how old"
So that prompted me to stand up for Monica.
Where do get that I was saying Monica brings up the retirement thing and the media doesnt?
Just here to praise Monica and all players. I would never say anything negative about a player. I was saying Monica is still around and she might not be the best - but she loves to play - maybe steffi retired early because she knew she wouldnt be winning as much. Monica doesnt care - she just loves to play.
now that you mentioned steffi,i have to say that steffi always did herself best no matter there were many frustrations so she could retire without repents.i think you must know that!
as for seles,you should know more than me :(