Things to Know About the 22-Time Tennis Grand Slam Winner

In 2001, Steffi Graf tied the knot with former world number one Andre Agassi.  (Photo: Instagram / Andre Agassi)

In 2001, Steffi Graf tied the knot with former world number one Andre Agassi. (Photo: Instagram / Andre Agassi)

Steffi Graf ranked #1 globally for 377 weeks (over 7 years)

Happy birthday Stevie Graf: Stephanie Graf is among the greatest players who have ever walked the tennis court. Before the appearance of American Serena Williams, she was considered the greatest of all time. Graf was an aggressive player and liked to dominate her opponents from the first set. She was basically a base player and was hitting the lines with her kicks on the ground.

However, Graf was not strict in her approach and was always ready to adapt to the required situation and this made her a success on every surface – mud, grass and hard court. Unlike many of the other tennis greats, Graf had no preference and equally dominated every surface.

With the German star celebrating her 53rd birthday today, here are some interesting facts about her:

  1. Ranked #1 in the world for 377 weeks (more than 7 years).
  2. She won 22 Grand Slam titles in her 17-year career; The second largest prize since the introduction of the Open Era. She is just behind Serena, who has won 23 major championships.
  3. Overall, Graff was placed third on the list of major wins in the Women’s Singles event, behind Margaret Court (24) and Serena.
  4. She is the only female tennis player, male or female, to win all four major slams and an Olympic gold medal in one calendar year. She achieved this feat in 1988, 11 years before her retirement.
  5. Graf is the only tennis player, male or female, to win all Grand Slam tournaments at least four times.
  6. In 1999, she ranked third in the WTA rankings when she announced her retirement.
  7. In 2001, Graf tied the knot with former world number one Andre Agassi. The duo have two children together – Jaden Gill and Jaz Elle.
  8. Graf and Kurt are the only tennis players, male or female, to win three Grand Slam titles five times in a calendar year – 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996.

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