The day Monica Seles created history: Interesting facts and trivia

Jun 09, 2016, 18:44 IST | mid-day online correspondent

On this day in 1990, tennis star Monica Seles became the youngest winner of a Grand Slam tournament when she won the French Open final at Roland Garros. We give you some interesting facts you may not know about her

On this day in 1990, tennis star Monica Seles became the youngest winner of a Grand Slam tournament when she won the French Open final at Roland Garros. We give you some interesting facts you may not know about her.

Monica Seles
Monica Seles. Pic/ AFP

  • Although born in Yugoslavia, Monica Seles is of Hungarian decent.
  • She was at the no. 1 spot at the year-end rankings in 1991, 1992 and 1995.
  • In 1990, at the age of 16, Monica Seles went on to become the youngest-ever French Open champion.
  • Karolj, her father and first coach, passed away to cancer in 1998, leaving Seles psychologically disturbed.
  • She is a winner of 9 Grand Slams in all and 44 tournaments.
  • Seles won eight Grand Slam titles before the age of 20.
  • She became s United States citizen in 1994.
  • Monica Seles was stabbed by a man with a knife on court during her Hamburg Open quarter-finals match against Magdalena Maleeva, in April 1993.
  • In 1996, she went on to win her fourth Australian Open title.
  • She did not play tennis since 2003, but retired only in 2008.

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