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Old Jun 25th, 2010, 11:29 AM   #751
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I saw ceremony of 92 french open final and fans were not stop shouting "Stef-fi,Stef-fi,Stef-fi" even the match ended(she lost control when she heard that words). I really love her wave at the time and believe that she kept it in her heart and return her fans through wimbledon trophy. Do you have the same feeling?
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Old Jun 25th, 2010, 03:05 PM   #752
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djul14,If Zidane were a U.S. icon it's unlikely he would be asked for creds to enter a similar place in the U.S. That is one of the cultural differences between France, England and the U.S. I am not saying better or worse. Just different.

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Old Jun 25th, 2010, 04:13 PM   #753
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tanaja, Andre in an interview in a Las Vegas newspaper, said regarding the exo at the roof opening at Wimbly that it was set up "by a friend of Stef's". I don't think him being there would have made any difference. I'm glad it was sorted out though.

I often wonder during Wimbledon if the Duchess of Kent would have excused herself from presenting reportedly out of protest over a disagreement with others at the AE club if Steffi was still playing. I sincerely doubt it.

Prince William talking about childhood memories spoke fondly of going to Wimbledon with his mother to see Steffi play. I read that around the time of this year's AO.

A couple of British related things regarding Steffi that I find interesting.
The name "Steffi Graf" shows up in the British language in Cockney rhymning slang.
Means to "have a laugh"

But I was most surprised to find out that a vehicle used by the British military is nicknamed Steffi Graf among military personnel. Its the 4 tonner Leyland Daf. The vehicle is a lorry that is know for its strength,reliability and adaptability on being able to run on a wide variety of surfaces. It is extremely versatile and can be air lifted where it is needed.
Is it nicknamed Steffi Graf because it rhymes or because it characterizes Steffi's proven abilities. Maybe both. I found it interesting that it is though.
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Old Jun 25th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #754
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tanaja, Andre in an interview in a Las Vegas newspaper, said regarding the exo at the roof opening at Wimbly that it was set up "by a friend of Stef's". I don't think him being there would have made any difference. I'm glad it was sorted out though.

I often wonder during Wimbledon if the Duchess of Kent would have excused herself from presenting reportedly out of protest over a disagreement with others at the AE club if Steffi was still playing. I sincerely doubt it.

Prince William talking about childhood memories spoke fondly of going to Wimbledon with his mother to see Steffi play. I read that around the time of this year's AO.

A couple of British related things regarding Steffi that I find interesting.
The name "Steffi Graf" shows up in the British language in Cockney rhymning slang.
Means to "have a laugh"

But I was most surprised to find out that a vehicle used by the British military is nicknamed Steffi Graf among military personnel. Its the 4 tonner Leyland Daf. The vehicle is a lorry that is know for its strength,reliability and adaptability on being able to run on a wide variety of surfaces. It is extremely versatile and can be air lifted where it is needed.
Is it nicknamed Steffi Graf because it rhymes or because it characterizes Steffi's proven abilities. Maybe both. I found it interesting that it is though.
wow! Its like a honor from Britain army. Thanks for sharing.,keep posting more,
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"Steffi is the best all around player of all-time, regardless of surfaces" : Martina Navratilova
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Old Jun 25th, 2010, 06:42 PM   #755
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RKM, I think Steffi was quite disappointed in herself on not taking the opportunities she had in the 92 RG finals to win it. From things that she said herself.
Did she think she had let down her fans then, and had to return that support in winning 92 Wimbly, I would hope that she didn't feel that she had let down her fans when she lost and had to win 92W to give back to that support.

But I do think that perhaps one way Steffi did deal with the enormous support that she was shown, was to try always to show her best, give what she had to give, everytime she stepped on court, which coincided from a strong motivation from within herself to do just that.

In an interview in NY before the US open in the later part of her career, she was asked what still motivated her. This recount is not word for word but close. She said the challenge was to go out on court and try to show her best. It was that challenge that was fun for her. The interviewer was surprised, challenge? fun? Those words are far apart in my way of thinking. Steffi replied that in her mind they were close, very close.

I think she was always moved by the support that she had wherever she played but I think at least during a tourney that she never really allowed herself to take it in and fully feel that support and react to it at least during a match like she did in 99RG which is another reason that match is so remarkable.

She has acknowledged that support on more than one occasion that it was the care and support from so many people over the years that, as she saw it, made her life so special.

On another note when I watched 99RG there was a deja vu incident that occurred in that match that was similar to something that happened at the 89 U.S. open final against Martina N. Both left the court during the match. Steffi returned before Martina N. and was casually leaning against the side of the court patiently waiting for Martina N. When Navratilova came back on court she went to her chair for a drink and maybe a towel before returning to her court position. When Martina N. finally joined Steffi on court, she was greeted by a chorus of boos. I was there and fairly or not, people were actually upset that Navratilova was making Steffi wait.
I don't recall how commentators on TV explained the boos coming from the crowd. But it was loud and it was coming from a great number of people in the crowd.
I do recall later when watching a tape of it that the commentators said that the crowd was fairly evenly split as far as supporters go, but from my experience being there, really most of the crowd was actually firmly behind Steffi.
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Found this on twitter:


"Nice afternoon on London's Southbank, talking ideas, projects & cycling. Saw Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf walk past. They're in great shape!"
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"Nice afternoon on London's Southbank, talking ideas, projects & cycling. Saw Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf walk past. They're in great shape!"
So, entire family in London now. I hope that they will appears in wimbledon final.
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Steffi plays an exhibition next wednesday in Hamburg
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Steffi plays an exhibition next wednesday in Hamburg
I'm guessing this exhibition is also for charity. (Her charity maybe?) Do you know who else will be playing in that exhibition?
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http://www.abendblatt.de/sport/artic...abei-sein.html

From this article I get the idea that she will be playing with fans and journalists but I wonder about the timing. It's all soccer, soccer and more soccer these weeks. O
r is Germany out already?

just see there is a soccer break on 30 june!
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Did you take a look at the Rennae Stubbs Wimbledon blog? Here she blog-friday_2257191_2079078 to a question about Steffi. http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/b...257191_2079078
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Did you take a look at the Rennae Stubbs Wimbledon blog? Here she blog-friday_2257191_2079078 to a question about Steffi. http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/b...257191_2079078
yes bia,i already read that. They became friends at australian open,but she didn't mention the year.
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I don't think it's an exhibition in any meaningful sense next week (to the extent that exos are ever meaningful!). It's a publicity event to kick off the new Dannon yoghurt campaign apparently.
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I still wanna go! Dunno if I would be able to get tickets though!
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http://www.abendblatt.de/sport/artic...abei-sein.html

From this article I get the idea that she will be playing with fans and journalists but I wonder about the timing. It's all soccer, soccer and more soccer these weeks. Or is Germany out already?

just see there is a soccer break on 30 june!
Not yet. But this can change quickly.
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