Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monica Seles Was Stabbed 20 Years Ago Today

Jonathan Scott remembers the day that changed the course of women's tennis history, when a deranged Steffi Graf fan set out to stop the woman who had supplanted his idol as the world's number one tennis player -- and succeeded, by sticking a knife in her back during a changeover in Hamburg. I remember this like it was yesterday. I was sitting in my friend Ken's apartment on Q Street in Dupont Circle when the news came on the radio. It was horrifying. When Seles finally returned two and a half years later -- winning her first tournament back, then capturing her ninth Grand Slam in Melbourne -- it seemed like there might be as happy an ending as one could possibly hope for. But Seles was never the same, suffering from anxiety, depression, eating disorders and a other health issues, and she never won another major ... when it seemed she might win more than anyone ever had. Read HERE.

BTW: Her attacker, Gunter Parche, merely got a slap on the wrist by the German courts.


  1. Anonymous5:58 PM

    Fry & Laurie rule! - in my head i'm singing for Pete.

  2. Anonymous6:07 PM

    Is Hugh wearing a Kenneth flip?

    I think it was almost as amazing that Steffi was able to escape any noticeable trauma.

  3. Anonymous8:58 PM

    She won the 1996 Australian Open. That was her final Grand Slam title.

  4. Anonymously Annoyed9:30 PM

    @Anonymous: Did anyone say different?