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Monika Seleš

Born: 1973 AD
Currently alive, at 48 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Tennis Player

1973 – Born on the 2nd of December.

1985 – At the age of 11, she won the Orange Bowl tournament in Miami, Florida, and caught the attention of tennis coach Nick Bollettieri.

1986 – His Seleš family moved from Yugoslavia to the United States, and Seles enrolled in the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, where she trained for two years.

1988 – She played her first professional tournament at the age of 14.

1989 – She joined the professional tour full-time and won her first career title at Houston in May.

1990 – Won her first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open.

1991 – Was the first of two years in which Seles dominated the women’s tour.

1992 – She was the top ranked player in the women’s game.

1993 – In January, she defeated Graf in the final of the Australian Open, which was her third win in five Grand Slam matches with Graf.

1994 – She became a United States citizen on the 17th of May.

1995 – Seles returned to the tour in August and won her first comeback tournament, the Canadian Open, beating Amanda Coetzer in the final 6-1, 6-0.

1996 – In January 1996, Seles won her fourth Australian Open, beating Anke Huber in the final.

Her difficulties were compounded by having to cope with her father and long-term coach Karolj being stricken by cancer and eventually passing away in 1998.

2000 – She also won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney.

2003 – Seles sustained a foot injury that has sidelined her from the tour ever since.

2005 – In February, she played two exhibition matches in New Zealand against Navrátilová. Although Seles lost both matches,

2006 – She played competitively and announced that she could return to the game early.