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Today, June 14th, the best German tennis player of all time turns 50! She will certainly celebrate her anniversary with family and friends, but she will be far away from the limelight, just as she keeps everything in her private life away from the media. Despite her modesty, Steffi is not only celebrated in Germany today, but also in many other countries around the world, where tennis fans still love her dearly and appreciate her sporting and life achievements to date. For many young athletes, Steffi is a living tennis icon, a real tennis legend who, with her 22 Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold, simply remains unsurpassed. We are all proud of the "Countess" and always admire "Miss Vorhand" - successes on the tennis court. On the occasion of her 50th birthday, we want to take a quick look at tennis player Steffi Graf's stunning sports career and also lift the veil on her family life with Andre Agassi.
For years, "Fräulein Vorhand" was invincible on the tennis court.
Exactly 50 years ago, Stefanie Maria Graf was born in Mannheim and grew up in Brühl. As a three-year-old girl, she picked up a tennis racket for the first time and began training with her father, Peter Graf. Her sports talent blossomed and at the age of 11 Steffi took part in the German indoor championships.
At 13 she joined the professional tennis world. Hard training and incredible discipline soon paid off. Shortly before her 18th birthday, Steffi Graf won the French Open in 1987, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the tournament in Paris. In 1988 she celebrated her greatest success - the Golden Slam. Within a year she won four Grand Slam tournaments, namely Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. This record remains unattainable to this day!
Together with Boris Becker, you triumphed in the 1989 Wimbledon final and wrote the history of the white sport.
Both famous and popular German athletes have made tennis a popular sport in Germany.
In addition, Steffi Graf was at the top of the world rankings for 377 weeks during her active tennis career, which is considered to be her absolute best. Steffi is also credited with the fastest win in the final of a Grand Slam tournament. That was at the French Open in 1988, when the exceptional German athlete triumphed over Natalia Zvereva 6-0, 6-0 in 32 minutes. During her tennis career, Steffi Graf won almost 20 million euros in prize money, part of which she invests in her "Children for Tomorrow" foundation and fights against child persecution and other forms of organized violence.
Today, Steffi Graf can be seen on the jury of the biggest tennis tournaments.
"Tennis has ruled my whole life, it's hard to let go," says the Countess. She also hopes the following: "When people think of the tennis player Graf, they should above all remember that I have always loved the sport and have always put myself into it one hundred percent". Today nobody can doubt this statement!
On October 22, 2001, tennis legends Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf exchanged vows.
The dream tennis couple Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi private
The ex-tennis pros Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf got married in October 2001 and have since started a happy family. They have two children together - Jaden Gil (17 years old) and 15-year-old Jaz Elle. They all live in Las Vegas and lead scandal-free lives. Steffi and Andre have obviously withdrawn from the public eye, but they are constantly being followed by paparazzi. Good photographers can only rarely take a photo of the two former tennis players. But they still look as happy and in love with each other as they did on the first date. The tennis legends have said it briefly several times in interviews: The secret of their successful marriage lies in the boundless harmony of their marital relationship and in the deepest love for each other. Both confirm this with their flawless behavior in public and a lot of respect for each other. For example, Andre Agassi declared in May 2015: "Without Steffi Graf I would only be worth half".
Today they are happy with each other and with their two grown-up children.
On the occasion of the 50th On the occasion of his wife's birthday, Agassi made the following statement: “When she stands still, she is a goddess; a poem in motion". His words of greatest reverence and deepest love come straight from the heart, so they sound convincing. For the official but private event, he wishes to be a better husband and that Steffi would never leave him. Hopefully both tennis stars can keep their love and family happiness for many years to come.
Steffi is the absolute tennis queen! She reigned supreme in tennis for 377 weeks.
Happy birthday, Steffi Graf!