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Old Aug 9th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #961
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Agassi never says that Steffi hated tennis. In the book, when he tells her that he hated tennis, she just gives him look suggesting "doesn't everbody?" which was quite in contrast to the reponses he got all his life when he told people he hated tennis from a young age, starting from Kevin Costner to Brooke Sheilds. Everyone else responded, "You don't hate hate tennis, do you?" or something in that sense. The first volume of this thread should have some excerpts from the book including the above scene around the time the book was released.
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Old Aug 9th, 2010, 06:15 PM   #962
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I know Steffi wanted to play a match at Wimbledon with Martina with no points or scoring or any audience, just she and Martina playing tennis for tennis sake, that was her wish and I am not sure if it ever happened. I know that Martina loved that idea when she was asked to comment about it.
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My personal opinion is that she really loved tennis, loving it already as a small child. And she definately loves to win, of course.

I agree with those of you who say that she hated certain aspects of the pro tour when she said that she hated tennis. But I think that there is just one thing she really hated: the journalists. With anything else, the other burdensome aspects of being a tennis pro (constant travelling, jetlags, the pressure of expectations etc.) she was able to cope I think since she is a strong person, highly disciplined. And in the end of her career it were the injuries that plagued and demotivated her.
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Old Aug 9th, 2010, 09:13 PM   #964
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+1 Seleçao can't agree more


Old poll (2009) from the German magazine Focus, but I just had a laugh after finally finding where Boris was...
http://www.focus.de/sport/mehrsport/...id_382460.html
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Old Aug 9th, 2010, 09:24 PM   #965
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Old poll (2009) from the German magazine Focus, but I just had a laugh after finally finding where Boris was...
http://www.focus.de/sport/mehrsport/...id_382460.html


Well, it looks like a realistic poll about popularity in the sense of being liked and respected as a person. With the one exception of Timo Boll, I think that his fans were pushing him, #3 is way too high.
And it shows again that Boris isn't really popular here.
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Old Aug 9th, 2010, 09:28 PM   #966
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I agree too. Prior to her induction to Hall of Fame or just after retirment, she was asked of how the tennis world should remember her and she said "as someone who loved the game and gave everything she could" which was very humble and striking of how she viewed herself.
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My personal opinion is that she really loved tennis, loving it already as a small child. And she definately loves to win, of course.

I agree with those of you who say that she hated certain aspects of the pro tour when she said that she hated tennis. But I think that there is just one thing she really hated: the journalists. With anything else, the other burdensome aspects of being a tennis pro (constant travelling, jetlags, the pressure of expectations etc.) she was able to cope I think since she is a strong person, highly disciplined. And in the end of her career it were the injuries that plagued and demotivated her.
Fame is clearly a big part of tennis star's career. And I agree, that she hated fame (especially bad publicity).

But the way Andre has written it in Open... I have a feeling it was more than just this.

There are also injuries, loneliness (maybe also stresses).

Playing through pain was not enjoyable.
And Agassi said, that tennis was the most lonely sport (maybe she felt the same about loneliness).
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Old Aug 10th, 2010, 03:43 PM   #968
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http://www.gala.de/stars/interview/1...e-Sit-ups.html
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Steffi sitting on the floor in the picture, although the image is not clear, looks like her.
http://steffi-graf.net/en/mrs-sporty...-5th-birthday/
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+1 Seleçao can't agree more


Old poll (2009) from the German magazine Focus, but I just had a laugh after finally finding where Boris was...
http://www.focus.de/sport/mehrsport/...id_382460.html
What's shocking to me is to see Michael Stich in a better position than Boris.
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Steffi sitting on the floor in the picture, although the image is not clear, looks like her.
http://steffi-graf.net/en/mrs-sporty...-5th-birthday/
I think it's her, she's classy.
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Old Aug 10th, 2010, 05:00 PM   #971
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THANKS Karen and Stef-fan for the last links
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Old Aug 10th, 2010, 05:58 PM   #972
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I think Steffi always loved the playing and the training part of the sport. She just didn't like the rest of the tennis circus. She hated the attention of the media, she never wanted to be a star, she didn't like the business around tennis and she didn't like the gossipy locker room either.
Thanks for the links guys.
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Old poll (2009) from the German magazine Focus, but I just had a laugh after finally finding where Boris was...
http://www.focus.de/sport/mehrsport/...id_382460.html
For a country where football is huge, I think it's amazing that Steffi beat out Franz Beckenbauer for the top spot. I think that it is Steffi's impressive resume along with the way she carries herself that just makes people hold her in such high regard. And indeed, it is quite surprising how low Boris is and that Stich actually topped him lol. Wonder how Stich is doing now...
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Old Aug 10th, 2010, 08:06 PM   #974
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Steffi sitting on the floor in the picture, although the image is not clear, looks like her.
http://steffi-graf.net/en/mrs-sporty...-5th-birthday/
What's she doing on the floor all by herself
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What's shocking to me is to see Michael Stich in a better position than Boris.

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