On This Day: Looking Back At Tennis Legend Steffi Graf’s Career As She Turns 51


All-Surface Queen, Tennis Legend Steffi Graf Celebrates Her 51st Birthday on June 14th, 2020.

Steffi Graf

Stefanie Maria “Steffi” Graf was born on 14th June 1969 Mannheim, West Germany. Her father’s name is Peter and his mother’s name is Heidi. She has a younger brother, named Michael. Initially, she started her tennis coaching under her father Peter and Pavel Slozil. Later, Heinz Gunthardt coached Steffi Graf from 1990-99; And She married Andre Agassi on October 22, 2001. She is having a son Jaden Gil and daughter Jaz.

All Time Records Set By Steffi Graf

She maintained her World No. 01 rank for 377 weeks which includes 186 consecutive weeks and set a record of the all-time highest period of holding the World No.01 rank. Also, she won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, which ranks her as the third person with most Grand Slam singles titles winner after Margaret Court (24) and Serena Williams (23). She became the only tennis player to achieve the Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year of 1988. Moreover, Steffi is the only tennis player to have won each Grand Slam tournament at least four times.

Steffi Graf

A Germany Woman won 107 singles titles that make her third on the WTA’s all-time list after Martina Navratilova (167 titles) and Chris Evert (157 titles). Steffi and Margaret Court are the only players, male or female, to win three Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year five times (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).

Steffi Graf won the Australian Open title for 4 times (1994, 1990, 1989, and 1988) and 6 times the winner of Roland Garros (1999, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1988, and 1987). She also won the Wimbledon 7 times (1996, 1995, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1989, and 1988) and 5 times obtained the US Open titles (1996, 1995, 1993, 1989 and 1988). Furthermore, Graf won 1988, Seoul Olympic Women’s Single Gold medal and silver medal in the Doubles category and also secured the singles silver medal in 1992, Barcelona Olympic Games.

Playing Style of Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf has admired for her versatility across all kinds of playing surfaces, footwork, and powerful forehand drive. Graf’s athletic ability and aggressive game skills played a vital role in developing the modern style of play that has come to dominate today’s game.

Steffi Graf

Interesting Facts about the German Tennis Legend

Steffi Graf retired at the age of 30 in 1999 when she ranked world No. 03.

She preferred to be called as Stefanie instead of Steffi

Steffi likes animals and appeared in a 1999 Wildlife Foundation calendar

She likes to listen to all kinds of music, impressionist and modern art, reading, playing cards, and photography.

Steffi Graf Youth Tennis Center founded in October 1991 in Leipzig, Germany.

In addition, she is the Founder and Chairperson of Children for Tomorrow, a non-profit foundation that supports children affected by war or other crises, and she is directly involved in the running of the foundation and provides her regular financial contributions to the organization.

Her big dream was to work as a photographer for ‘National Geographic

Steffi Graf

Inspiration Quotes from Steffi

I never look back, I look forward

I have always been guided by striving to show the best that I could. That is what kept me going in tennis and it is the same now.

When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win

As long as I can focus on enjoying what I’m doing, having fun, I know I’ll play well.

You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that’s fine, but what you should never lose is respect for the others.

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