Thanks for that. You simply forget after more than 25 years just how dominant Seles was before she was stabbed. I remember the shock of reading about it in the newspaper and wondering what would happen but, because I was so far away and not as interested in tennis then as I am now, it didn't really have the effect that I'm sure would have been the case had I lived in Europe.
I am one of Monica's biggest fans and agree with the fact that she would have won many more Slams if she had not been stabbed. But it's impossible to speculate how many. We can't just add random titles to her resume by taking them away from other players. Titles are not based on what ifs, they are based on the tennis that was actually played on the court. Monica's situation is very similar to what happened to Maureen Connolly in the 1950s. Maureen was even more dominant than Monica with 9 Grand Slam titles before the age of 19. Unlike Monica, Maureen did complete the Calendar Grand Slam. How many Slams could she have won if that horrible horseback riding accident hadn't happened? We will never know.Monica Seles would have gone on to win so many more slams if not for the stabbing. I think she would be looking at 8 or 9 FO, 8 or 9 AO, 7 OR 8 UO and possibly 2 W. So I think she could have broken Margaret Courts record. Monica had the beating of anyone around during her great run pre-stabbing and that domination would have continued through to 97 at least. I know that she had a poor head2head with Hingis but I do not think that Hingis would have dominated quite so young as Seles would overpowered her. I think Hingis would have had to wait a year longer to snatch a Slam. I still think that the Williams sisters would have changed the game but I still think that she would have contested better for longer had it never have happened. Had it never have happened I think Graf would be at 13 or 14 Slams, Arantxa with just 1, Hingis with 3 and Majoli would never have won the FO
you mean very plausible as in very stupid?The late great Donald Budge suspected it could have been an inside job by German conspiracy. German tennis fed and media profited massively from Graf and Becker being on top and Becker was fading and Seles was pushing Graf out of the big money. Very plausible theory... Don Budge Suggested Seles Stabbing Was An Inside Job · Tennis-Prose.com
You're assuming 6 consecutive Australian Open titles, 9 consecutive French Open titles and 6 consecutive US Open titles. As great as Monica was, she wasn't a robot, there is no way that she could have won all of those titles in a row. As matter of fact, nobody could ever win all of those titles in a row in three different Slams.It's all hypothetical, however I feel that she could have gone on to win -
That's as plausible a theory as most that have been bandied about. Keep it up!I heard Merkle is actually Gunter Parche after transition. They are hitlers daughter (previously son) and stabbed Seles as retribution for the austrohungarian empire falling onto the hands of the east.
THIS! Monica went on a steak of 10 slam finals in a row, two even after returning from the incident.Before that match, Monica had won 7 out of the last 8 majors she had entered, had a win-loss record of 55-1 in the past eight majors and was only 19 years of age.
That knife changed the course of women's tennis history and breathed new life into the career of a player who it seemed would have to settle for second best for the rest of her career.
yep, how sad that madman succeeded in his goal. i wonder if steffi lives with that weight the attack was carried out for her - probably healthier not to.It breaks my heart that the tennis body constantly shortchanges Monica’s achievements but then pegs Steffi as one of the GOATs... that makes absolutely no sense.
Lol Steffi carried no weight. She went on to beat Monica in the first slam final she returned in.yep, how sad that madman succeeded in his goal. i wonder if steffi lives with that weight the attack was carried out for her - probably healthier not to.
The rumor was that Peter Graf had something to do with it. He was in serious money trouble having evaded paying 8 million in taxes. He stood much more to lose and much more to gain. Monica's father referred to Steffi as "the knife number one"!The late great Donald Budge suspected it could have been an inside job by German conspiracy. German tennis fed and media profited massively from Graf and Becker being on top and Becker was fading and Seles was pushing Graf out of the big money. Very plausible theory... Don Budge Suggested Seles Stabbing Was An Inside Job · Tennis-Prose.com
The tax evasion thing was in 96/97The rumor was that Peter Graf had something to do with it. He was in serious money trouble having evaded paying 8 million in taxes. He stood much more to lose and much more to gain. Monica's father referred to Steffi as "the knife number one"!
That isn’t how it happened.Here's my homework from last term.
Form: Personal Writing
Voice: 23 year old man living in Germany
The wind whispered through the centre court, it brought with it a sensitive and sweet smell of the flowers courtside. I appreciated the ongoing refreshing moment. It was the April of 1993, when I attended the Citizen Cup tennis tournament in Hamburg, I felt free and fulfilled. The feeling of being all together with 6,000 spectators all watching the same match and experiencing the same atmosphere.
The two players in battle for a semi-final spot, Miss Seles and Miss Maleeva took their seats.
It all happened within a blink of the eye.
A stocky and intense gentleman caught my attention. He was situated just three rows below me. He wore a loose fitting black T-shirt, oversized trousers and a grey baseball cap.
I was not surprised that he was standing up but what was unusual was his body posture. He appeared to be impatient, maybe even drunk. He was leaning over his row, just behind Miss Seles’ seat. My first impressions were that this gentleman was trying to get her autograph, I already realised a problem was going to eventuate.
Along with the all the innocent spectators in the vast stadium, I was unprepared for what was to happen next.
The gentleman raised out a knife from his paper shopping bag. A unison of murmurs emitted from sections of the stadium, I became uncomfortable and began to feel extremely insecure.
The knife was fairly long and reminded me of the kitchen knife I use at home to prepare meals.
Miss Seles left her seat walking slowly to the Southern section to return serve. She took a towel with her to wipe off the seat. Within a few long painful seconds, the gentleman was metres behind Miss Seles. He took a few trembling steps and slowly held the knife with both hands and stabbed Miss Seles in the back.
The wind became salty.
A sudden soft high pitched and sharp sting filled the stadium. There was silence that contained the stadium. Everyone was confused, I felt stupefied, as if I was in horror movie nightmare that I could not escape. Struggling to come to terms with the reality in front of me, I continued to watch with my watery eyes in disbelief.
Miss Seles looked around to see the man being held by spectators. It already came to me that Miss Seles was a different person, her body language made her look weak and her facial expression was in agony. She was no longer the giggly flamboyant teenager that ruled the court. The tennis court would never be what it was for her.
She slowly grabbed her back, looked at her hand and saw blood. The blood was a bright red, which was very distinct even amongst the clay of the court. Miss Seles suddenly fainted onto the ground.
The smell of blood had changed the atmosphere of the entire stadium. It had fuelled anger and a helpless frustration, I felt slightly paralyzed. My brain did not seem to respond naturally to my body, it was the only instance in my life where I had experienced such a sensation of feeling completely inert.
I took a deep breath and tried to swallow some air to breath. Instead, I swallowed the bloody, odorless and painful wind. I was also a victim of the circumstances and surroundings around me; life would never be the same.