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Steffi Graf (Fräulein Forehand)

tennis player

Steffi Graf is a professional German tennis player. She is the founder and chairperson of "Children for Tomorrow", a non-profit foundation for implementing and developing projects to support children who have been traumatized by war or other crises. She was the reigning champion of women's tennis for most of the period from the late 1980's through the mid-1990's, and ranks as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

Background

Stephanie Maria Graf was born in Mannheim on June 14, 1969. Both her parents were better than adequate tennis players, and by the time Steffi was four years old they had her batting tennis balls inside the house with a sawed-off racket. In the late 1970's she moved with her family to Brühl,Bruhl, near Heidelberg, where her father, Peter Graf, opened a tennis school.

Achievements

  • finished Women's Tennis Association season ranked northern 1, 1987-90, 1993-96

  • ranked northern 1 in world for more consecutive weeks than any other player in tennis history

  • ranks 1st all-time in career proze money ($21 million)

  • the only person to win a Grand Slam on four different surfaces

  • the only person to win a Golden Grand Slam

Connections

father:
Peter

mother:
Heidi

Husband:
Andre