Monica Seles (born December 2, 1973) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She was born and raised in Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia, to Hungarian parents. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1994 and also received Hungarian citizenship in June 2007. She won nine Grand Slam singles titles, winning eight of them while a citizen of Yugoslavia and one while a citizen of the United States.

In 1990, at the age of 16, Seles became the youngest-ever French Open champion. She went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles before her 20th birthday and was the year-end World No. 1 in 1991 and 1992. However, in April 1993 she was the victim of an on-court attack, when a man stabbed her in the back with a 9-inch-long knife. Seles did not return to tennis for over two years. Though she enjoyed some success after rejoining the tour in 1995, including a fourth Australian Open success in 1996, she was unable to consistently reproduce her best form. She played her last professional match at the 2003 French Open, but did not officially retire until February 2008.

In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time.


Monica Seles Poems

Monica Seles Quotes

Madonna has total control over her life, and not many women have that.
Monica Seles (b. 1973), Yugoslavian tennis player; relocated to America. As quoted in Sports Illustrated, p. 63 (May 27, 1991). On why she admired the controversial, rich, and flamboyantly independent rock star, Madonna.
I have to live for the day, and not worry about or try to know what tomorrow brings.... if I've learned one thing from all that's happened to me, it's that if you would know what tomorrow brings, you may not want to live it.
Monica Seles (b. 1973), Yugoslavian tennis player; relocated to America. As quoted in Tennis magazine, p. 44 (March 1994). The former top-ranked woman singles tennis player in the world, she was reflecting on the experience of being stabbed a year earlier by Gunther Parche, a deranged fan of rival player Steffi Graf.

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