02 August 2011

30 Days of Tennis Challenge: First player you became a fan of

Monica Seles

I primarily thank Andre Agassi for getting me into the game, but he really does share  honours with Monica Seles.When I first got interested in watching professional tennis in 1989-1990, Monica was making a name for herself.I first remember her winning the Lipton (Miami tourney) and then beating Steffi at the French Open.

I was awed by Monica - a skinny, noisy blonde who talked so fast and was so bubbly. And the way she played tennis was so unusual and so powerful - I just loved watching her play.

Oh the controversy that used to follow her - her shrieks, not wearing a  bra, changing her hair colour...she definitely had her share of critics before 1993.

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