Monday, November 20, 2017

Former Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna Dies at 49

This makes me incredibly sad. Will never forget watching the 1993 Wimbledon final with my brothers, Bill and Terence, in a motel room in Pottsville, Pa., on the morning I was "meeting" my father for the first time in 20 years, having not seen him since he was institutionalized following his traumatic brain injury when I was 6. I was thrilled that my girl Steffi Graf rallied from 4-1 -- or Jana Novotna collapsed at 4-1 up -- but Jana's moment with the Duchess of Kent forever made me a fan. So happy her dream came true five years later. Cancer ruins everything. RIP, sweet Jana.

Read her New York Times obituary HERE.

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