Monday, February 18, 2008

Immigrant of the Day: Monica Seles (Former Yugoslavia)

Monica_seles_interview Monica Seles (born December 2, 1973) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She was born in the former Yugoslavia and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1994.

Seles won nine Grand Slam singles titles. In 1990, she became the youngest-ever champion (16 years) at the French Open and was the dominant player in the women's game during 1991 and 1992.  In 1993, Seles was forced out of the sport for two years following an on-court attack in which a spectator stabbed her in the back with a knife.

Seles enjoyed some success after returning to the tour in 1995, including a singles title at the Australian Open in 1996, but was unable to consistently reproduce her very best form. After becoming a U.S. citizen in 1994, Seles helped the U.S. team win the Fed Cup in 1996 and 2000. She also won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. In February 2008, Seles announced her official retirement from tennis.

Seles was listed as the 13th greatest player of all time (men and women) by Tennis magazine and was also one of 15 women named by Australian Tennis magazine as the greatest champions of the last 30 years (players were listed chronologically). Seles is also known as one of the greatest "big point" players of all-time, having tremendous mental fortitude during the toughest situations on the court.


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