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Steffi Graf

Tennis Champion
Female

Stefanie Maria "Steffi" Graf is a former World No. 1 German tennis player. In total, Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, second among male and female players only to Margaret Court's 24. Her 22 singles titles mark the record for most Grand Slam wins by a tennis player (male or female) since introduction of the Open Era in 1968.… Read More

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  • Women's Tennis New World Number One: Angelique Kerber
    Yahoo News - Sep 09, 2016
  • Tennis Williams Fights Off Halep To Reach U.S. Open Semi Finals
    Yahoo News - Sep 08, 2016
  • Tennis Serena Continues Quest For Historic 23rd Slam Title
    Yahoo News - Aug 31, 2016
  • Tennis Relaxed Serena Set To Open Quest For More History
    Yahoo News - Aug 29, 2016

Timeline

Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Steffi Graf.

CHILDHOOD

1969 Birth Stefanie Graf was born on 14 June 1969, in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany, to Heidi Schalk and Peter Graf (18 June 1938 − 30 November 2013), a car and insurance salesman. … Read More

TEENAGE

1982 - 1983 4 More Events
1984 15 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, she first gained international attention when she almost upset the tenth seed, Jo Durie of the United Kingdom, in a fourth round Centre Court match at Wimbledon.
1985 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Graf's schedule was closely controlled by her father, who limited her play so that she would not burn out. In 1985, for instance, she played only 10 events leading up to the US Open, whereas another up-and-coming star, Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, who was a year younger than Graf, played 21. … Read More
1986 - 1987 2 More Events
Graf started 1988 by winning the Australian Open, defeating Chris Evert in the final 6–1, 7–6. … Read More

TWENTIES

1989 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Speculation was rife at the beginning of 1989 about the possibility of Graf winning another Grand Slam. … Read More
1990 21 Years Old In an interview with Stern magazine in July 1990, Graf stated, "I could not fight as usual." … Read More
1991 22 Years Old 1 More Event
A mixture of injury problems, personal difficulties, and loss of form made 1991 a tough year for Graf. … Read More
1993 - 1994 2 More Events
1995 26 Years Old In personal terms, 1995 was a difficult year for Graf, as she was accused by German authorities of tax evasion in the early years of her career. … Read More
1996 27 Years Old She was unable to participate in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta because of an injured left knee. … Read More
1997 28 Years Old 1 More Event
The last few years of Graf's career were beset by injuries, particularly to her knees and back. She lost the World No. 1 ranking to Martina Hingis and failed to win a Grand Slam title for the first time in ten years in 1997. … Read More
1998 29 Years Old After missing almost half of the tour in 1998, Graf defeated World No. 2 Hingis and World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport en route to the Philadelphia title. … Read More

THIRTIES

At the beginning of 1999 Graf played the warm up event to the Australian Open in Sydney; she defeated Serena Williams in the 2nd round and Venus Williams in the quarter-finals before losing to Lindsay Davenport in the semi-final. … Read More
2000 31 Years Old In February 2000, Graf played an exhibition match against Kimiko Date at Nagoya Rainbow Hall in Tokyo. … Read More
2001 32 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She married former World No. 1 men's tennis player Andre Agassi in October 2001. … Read More
2004 - 2005 2 More Events
2008 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008 Graf lost an exhibition match against Kimiko Date at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.

FORTIES

2009 40 Years Old Graf played a singles exhibition match against Kim Clijsters and a mixed doubles exhibition alongside husband Andre Agassi against Tim Henman and Clijsters as part of a test event and celebration for the newly installed roof over Wimbledon's Centre Court in 2009. … Read More
2010 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010 Graf participated in the World Team Tennis Smash Hits exhibition in Washington, D.C., to support The Elton John AIDS Foundation. … Read More
2015 46 Years Old In 2015, she has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Kerala tourism, for promoting Ayurveda in North America and Europe. … Read More
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