The German legend Steffi Graf this Sunday celebrates its 51 years. He does it three days after twenty-fifth anniversary of one of the most remembered Grand Slam finals for Spanish tennis, the one that Graf beat Arantxa Sánchez Vicario at Roland Garros 1995.
That was the fourth final in Paris for Arantxa and the fourth Roland Garros and seventeenth Grand Slam for Graf, who ended his career with 22 ‘majors’. The German retired with four Australian Open, six Roland Garros, seven Wimbledon and five US Open, a list of large tournaments only surpassed by the 23 titles by Serena Williams. The London tournament has not hesitated to send their congratulations through social networks.
He does hold other Graf records despite the twenty-one years since his retirement. She is the only player in history capable of winning a golden slam (He did it in 1988 after winning all four Grand Slam and Olympic gold in Seoul), he continues to accumulate various records in the history of tennis. In addition to this, it is also with 377 weeks the tennis player who has stayed at the forefront of an individual tennis ranking for the longest time. A total of 186 weeks, those between August 17, 1987 and March 10, 1991, were consecutive, a milestone that only Serena Williams has equaled in women.
Graf and Serena are the only players who have managed to win all four Grand Slam in two different decades (the 80s and 90s Steffi and the 2000s and 2010 the youngest of the Williams). The German is also the only one to have the four big titles at least four times.
Married since 2001 to Andre AgassiGraf stepped to the side at the public level after his withdrawal. This week has been precisely the protagonist Jaden, the son of both, who has seen how his attempt to access professional baseball has not been successful after having not been selected in the MLB draft.
-The only player in history with an annual Golden Slam (1988)
-Leader in weeks at number 1 of the WTA (377)
-More consecutive weeks at number 1 in the WTA (186, with Serena Williams)
-More seasons ended as individual number 1 (8, absolute record of ATP and WTA)
-One of the two players in history (girls and boys) with four Grand Slam in two different decades (along with Serena Williams)
-The only player in history (girls and boys) with at least four titles from each Grand Slam
-More consecutive Grand Slam finals (girls and boys; 13)
-Player with the most wins at Roland Garros (girls; 84)
-WTA player with the highest percentage of hard court victories (90.30%)
-Player in history with the best percentage of victories in Grand Slam (girls; 89.67%)
– Player in history with the best percentage of victories at Wimbledon (girls; 90.36%)