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Sep 17th, 2010 05:05 AM
R-K-M
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

Henin about her idol,Steffi Graf:

At the time of Hit for Haiti charity match,2010

"I'm like a little girl in front of Steffi,"
"I'll always be a big fan. It's always emotional for me."

Henin has played benefits with Graf before but always finds it exciting.

"I saw her once on a plane, but I was too shy to say hello to her. I met her for the first time in Orlando in 2004 when we did something for a sponsor," Henin said. "My legs were shaking, and that will never change. I feel we have a lot in common, and she gave me a lot (in tennis)."
Apr 19th, 2010 04:43 PM
iainmac
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

Quote:
Originally Posted by R-K-M View Post
Taken from the link:http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/n...256076_2009219

"Some girls like tennis but they don't enjoy practicing it every day. She does. She loves tennis. In practice she runs for every ball. If the first ball is a short one she goes for it. I say yikes, why is she running for it now? It comes from her father. He always told her to go for every ball as early as possible."
- Former Czechoslovak Davis Cup player Pavel Slozil, who coached Graf during her initial ascent to the top in the 1980s

"You have never defined yourself by what you have achieved; rather, you have achieved by how you defined yourself... II has taken my breath away to see how you've quietly laid down your racket to pursue love and motherhood, with the same zeal and high standards you have always demanded of yourself… No one has ever known you to be infatuated by your own accomplishments, but the history books will record for posterity, your ability to embrace and rise above adversity, to play through injury, and to win again, and again, and again… Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the greatest person I've ever known."
- Andre Agassi's emotional speech about his wife at her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 2004

"There is a definite group of great players, and she's in it, and I'm in it. Chris is there, and Billie Jean, and Margaret Court. But I can't pick between myself and Steffi. When people call me the greatest player ever, I get embarrassed, and when I hear them call Steffi the greatest, I say, 'Hey, wait a minute, what am I, chopped liver?'"
- Martina Navratilova, quoted in The New York Times upon Graf's retirement in 1999

''She's a great legend: all she brought to the game is amazing, the athleticism, the way she handled herself. 'Nobody is like her; nobody ever will be like her."
- Martina Hingis, also quoted in the Times

"When I think of Steffi Graf, I just think of the greatest. She had the greatest footwork ever. She was so focused all the time. When I played her it was just a dream come true."
- Serena Williams, speaking at the Sony Ericsson Open in 2004
Great quotes. Thanks for sharing/reminding of them.
Apr 19th, 2010 01:03 PM
R-K-M
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

Taken from the link:http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/n...256076_2009219

"Some girls like tennis but they don't enjoy practicing it every day. She does. She loves tennis. In practice she runs for every ball. If the first ball is a short one she goes for it. I say yikes, why is she running for it now? It comes from her father. He always told her to go for every ball as early as possible."
- Former Czechoslovak Davis Cup player Pavel Slozil, who coached Graf during her initial ascent to the top in the 1980s

"You have never defined yourself by what you have achieved; rather, you have achieved by how you defined yourself... II has taken my breath away to see how you've quietly laid down your racket to pursue love and motherhood, with the same zeal and high standards you have always demanded of yourself… No one has ever known you to be infatuated by your own accomplishments, but the history books will record for posterity, your ability to embrace and rise above adversity, to play through injury, and to win again, and again, and again… Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the greatest person I've ever known."
- Andre Agassi's emotional speech about his wife at her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 2004

"There is a definite group of great players, and she's in it, and I'm in it. Chris is there, and Billie Jean, and Margaret Court. But I can't pick between myself and Steffi. When people call me the greatest player ever, I get embarrassed, and when I hear them call Steffi the greatest, I say, 'Hey, wait a minute, what am I, chopped liver?'"
- Martina Navratilova, quoted in The New York Times upon Graf's retirement in 1999

''She's a great legend: all she brought to the game is amazing, the athleticism, the way she handled herself. 'Nobody is like her; nobody ever will be like her."
- Martina Hingis, also quoted in the Times

"When I think of Steffi Graf, I just think of the greatest. She had the greatest footwork ever. She was so focused all the time. When I played her it was just a dream come true."
- Serena Williams, speaking at the Sony Ericsson Open in 2004
Jan 30th, 2010 12:45 PM
jamesuk
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

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Originally Posted by janilitha768 View Post
Stefanie Maria Graf, popularly known as Steffi, a former World No.1 ranked female tennis player is from Germany. She is the one who won 22 Grand Slam singles titles since the start of the open era and that too more than any other player (male or female). In 1999, December, the panel of Slims Championships at Madison Square Garden named Graf as the greatest female tennis player of 20th century. She also won Olympic Gold Medal in the year 1988 and was ranked No.1 player in the Women’s Tennis Association for a record of 377 weeks. Her father Peter Graf taught her basics of tennis at her age of 3. Soon she learnt the game and played her first tournament at the age of 5. She continued with the success in spite of her injury year 1991-1992, when she was defeated by Monica Seles, she continued to remain on her position. She got retired in 1999.
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Thanks I missed that earlier in the thread.
Jan 6th, 2010 11:07 AM
iainmac
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

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Originally Posted by irma View Post
Steffi was injured (shoulder) in summer 1991 and withdraw from the us open warmup tournaments (canada and washington) and retired from the fed cup (after germany defeated canada) but other then that (not including the australian open 1992) Steffi played a normal schedule.
she didn't play warm up tournaments in 1992 either but I think she was exhausted then after the olympics.
That is how I remember it. And she wouldnt have played any events if she had been badly injured- she wasnt stupid.
Jan 4th, 2010 06:32 PM
irma
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

Steffi was injured (shoulder) in summer 1991 and withdraw from the us open warmup tournaments (canada and washington) and retired from the fed cup (after germany defeated canada) but other then that (not including the australian open 1992) Steffi played a normal schedule.
she didn't play warm up tournaments in 1992 either but I think she was exhausted then after the olympics.
Jan 4th, 2010 05:34 PM
iainmac
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

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Originally Posted by gabybackhand View Post
It's not that hard to believe, after all the best description of Steffi's court demenour was that phrase (by Pam Shriver IIRC): "She plays like she is double-parked". Despite my love for Sabatini, I'm pretty much like that myself
About Steffi's career mentioned in a previous post, I don't really remember her being that injured in 1991-1992; if she was, they were pretty minor injuries as they were not mentioned back then as a reason for her being surpassed by Mónica Seles and pretty much on par with Sabatini between US Open 90 and US Open 92. Mónica was the dominant player,period.
Like you I dont know where this nonsense that she was injured in 91/92 is coming from. She was definitely more vulnerable mentally than she had been before but that had a lot to do with the fantastic tennis that Seles was playing. Graf was a well oiled machine,if she had been injured she would have pulled out of events. The fact she didnt displays that she was not suffering from significant injuries at this time.
Jan 4th, 2010 05:26 PM
gabybackhand
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

It's not that hard to believe, after all the best description of Steffi's court demenour was that phrase (by Pam Shriver IIRC): "She plays like she is double-parked". Despite my love for Sabatini, I'm pretty much like that myself
About Steffi's career mentioned in a previous post, I don't really remember her being that injured in 1991-1992; if she was, they were pretty minor injuries as they were not mentioned back then as a reason for her being surpassed by Mónica Seles and pretty much on par with Sabatini between US Open 90 and US Open 92. Mónica was the dominant player,period.
Jan 4th, 2010 04:57 PM
iainmac
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

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Originally Posted by jamesuk View Post
"Maybe she thinks thats the way she should be, or maybe she really is that way"
Martina Nav on Steffi not being close to her rivals.

"I was so mad at her"
Chris Evert on Steffi´s speedy exit off centre court after Chris´last match at Wimbledon.
Mind you I am sure it wasnt meant as a slight to Evert. Graf just went at a hundred miles an hour period!!!!
Jan 4th, 2010 04:56 PM
iainmac
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

[QUOTE=ramya777;17006246]Stefanie Maria Graf, popularly known as Steffi, a former World No.1 ranked female tennis player is from Germany. She is the one who won 22 Grand Slam singles titles since the start of the open era and that too more than any other player (male or female). In 1999, December, the panel of Slims Championships at Madison Square Garden named Graf as the greatest female tennis player of 20th century. She also won Olympic Gold Medal in the year 1988 and was ranked No.1 player in the Women’s Tennis Association for a record of 377 weeks. Her father Peter Graf taught her basics of tennis at her age of 3. Soon she learnt the game and played her first tournament at the age of 5. She continued with the success in spite of her injury year 1991-1992, when she was defeated by Monica Seles, she continued to remain on her position. She got retired in 1999

I think it is safe to say that Graf was suffering from fairly minor injury problems in 91-92. The reason she lost the top ranking was because at that point Seles was the better player.
Jan 3rd, 2010 11:41 AM
jamesuk
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

"Maybe she thinks thats the way she should be, or maybe she really is that way"
Martina Nav on Steffi not being close to her rivals.

"I was so mad at her"
Chris Evert on Steffi´s speedy exit off centre court after Chris´last match at Wimbledon.
Dec 23rd, 2009 12:36 PM
iainmac
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

Quote:
Originally Posted by R-K-M View Post
“Steffi Graf is the best all-around player. Martina won more on fast courts and I won more on slow courts, but Steffi came along and won more titles on both surfaces,” - Chris Evert,former world no.1 and best average holder of all-time.
That is a good point that Evert makes there.
Dec 23rd, 2009 12:35 PM
iainmac
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

Quote:
Originally Posted by R-K-M View Post
“Steffi is the greatest female tennis player ever”
-Billie Jean King, an illustrious forerunner of Graf at the top of the world ranking and a great admirer of Martina Navratilova.
These are really interesting quotes, especially as there are some people on BFTP who say that BJK and Navratilova denigrate Graf and put her down a lot. Not much evidence of that in these quotes.
Dec 23rd, 2009 12:33 PM
iainmac
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

Quote:
Originally Posted by R-K-M View Post
Post here what others commented on Steffi!

Note: Please note that we should not post our own tributes (i mean fan tributes)here,and ,only post tributes from famous people in tennis,other sports and other fields.
Good idea for a thread- well done.
Dec 21st, 2009 10:26 AM
R-K-M
Re: Others' tributes to Steffi Graf!

“Steffi Graf is the best all-around player. Martina won more on fast courts and I won more on slow courts, but Steffi came along and won more titles on both surfaces,” - Chris Evert,former world no.1 and best average holder of all-time.
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