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.


Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

Is Hugh wearing a Kenneth flip?

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

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymously Annoyed said...

@Anonymous: Did anyone say different?