I WILL MISS HER SO BADDDDDDDDDDD. I DON"T WANT TO SEE HER RETIRED. I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO PLAY IN MIAMI, BUT........
February 14, 2008
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Seles Announces Retirement From Professional Tennis
MIAMI, FL, USA - On Thursday, February 14, Monica Seles announced her official retirement from professional tennis, ending one of the most storied careers in sports. Seles issued the following statement through Tony Godsick, her longtime manager at IMG:
"Tennis has been and will always be a huge part of my life. I have for some time considered a return to professional play, but I have now decided not to pursue that," Seles said from Miami, Florida. "I will continue to play exhibitions, participate in charity events and promote the sport, but will no longer plan my schedule around the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. I look forward to pursuing other opportunities with the same passion and energy that fueled my dedication to tennis and to devoting more time to two of my passions - children and animals. I especially want to thank all my wonderful, loyal fans for all of their support for me over the years. They have inspired me throughout my career in the good times and comforted me in the bad times. I have always been so proud to have such a special group of precious fans to call my very own and felt they were the best an athlete could ever hope to have. I will miss them all as much as I will miss competing in the game of tennis."
"Monica Seles is one of the great champions in the history of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, and an inspiration and role model for millions of fans throughout the world. No one will ever forget the fierce determination and will to win that Monica brought to the court, nor the caring and warm person that she has always been off the court. Fans of women's tennis have no shortage of fond Monica memories and of amazing matches and rivalries that Monica was a part of. No doubt, Monica will soon find her rightful place at the International Tennis Hall of Fame for her many accomplishments on the tennis court."
Seles, 34, earned nine Grand Slam titles and won 53 singles and six doubles tournaments. She first became No.1 in the world in March, 1991. She was No.1 for 178 weeks during the next two years – the youngest No.1 ever at the time – until tragedy struck in April, 1993, when she was stabbed during a match in Hamburg, Germany. She was not able to play again for more than two years. When she did return she won even more hearts with her comeback win at the Canadian Open, then reached the US Open final the next month. Remarkably, she then won her ninth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January 1996.
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