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Monica Seles

From: Yugoslavia, United States: Florida
Fields: Sports
Key Words/Phrases: tennis
Seles, Monica (1973- ), Serbian-born professional tennis player, who achieved great success while still a teenager, rising to the number-one ranking among women tennis players in 1991. Born in Novi Sad, Serbia, Seles won the European junior championship at age 10 and moved to the United States in 1986 to attend a tennis academy in Florida. In 1989, shortly after her 15th birthday, she turned professional, reaching the semifinals of her first tournament and winning the second. In 1990 she won her first grand slam tournament, the French Open, which she also won in 1991 and 1992. In 1991 Seles won the Australian, U.S., and French opens, three of the four tournaments needed to win a grand slam in tennis. She also attained the number-one ranking in women's tennis, previously held by German player Steffi Graf. She did not play in the Wimbledon championships, however, a decision that prevented the possibility of winning the grand slam. In 1992 Seles held the number-one ranking while repeating as champion in the Australian, French, and United States opens. Once again she came close to winning the prestigious grand slam, losing to Graf in the finals at Wimbledon. After Seles won the Australian Open in early 1993, a series of injuries limited her play. She returned to tournament play in April but was stabbed on the court by a spectator during a tournament in Germany. The incident raised concerns about the safety of tennis players during tournaments and caused Seles to cancel her participation in tournaments in 1993 and 1994. In 1994 Seles became a U.S. citizen.

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