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"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
Steffi Graf - My Best:
"Steffi is the goddess of Tennis" : John McEnroe
"She let her racket do the talking. I've always looked up to her and the way she approached the game" : Pete Sampras
"In my opinion she 's the best lady that has ever played" : Andre Agassi
"She's one of the greatest players, maybe even greatest" : Richard Krajicek
"Steffi is the best all around player of all-time, regardless of surfaces" : Martina Navratilova
"Steffi is definitely the greatest singles player ever" : Billie Jean King