Stefanie Graf
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Stefanie Graf

Stefanie Graf
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Stefanie (Steffi) Graf was born in 1969 and is the daughter of Peter Graf and Heidi Schalk. She married Andre Agassi in October 2001 and they have two children.

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Tennis

Stefanie ("Steffi") Graf ist eine ehemalige deutsche Tennisspielerin. Sie begann im Alter von drei Jahren, in der Halle ihres Vaters, Tennis zu spielen.[1] Schon 1981 trat sie bei der Deutschen Meisterschaft der Erwachsenen an und verlor nur knapp gegen Eva Pfaff.[1] Im Sommer 1983 erlaubte das baden-württembergische Kultusministerium den Eltern, Steffi aus der Schule zu nehmen und am Jahresende stand sie schon in den Top 100 der Weltrangliste.[1] Im Jahr 1984 schlug sie zum ersten Mal eine Top-10-Spielerin und kletterte in der Weltrangliste bis auf Position 22.[1] Das Jahr 1986 stand im Zeichen mehrerer Duelle mit Martina Navratilova und 1987 gewann Steffi zum ersten Mal ein Grand Slam-Turnier.[1] Am Ende ihrer Karriere hatte sie 22 Grand Slam-Turniersiege errungen.[2] 1988 war ihr sportlich erfolgreichstes Jahr. Neben dem Sieg bei allen vier Grand Slam-Turnieren gewann sie auch Gold bei den Olympischen Spielen und errang damit den "Golden (Grand) Slam". Das hat bis 2022 kein anderer Tennisprofi geschafft.[2] Zwischen 1990 und 1992 gewann sie jeweils nur ein Grand Slam-Turnier pro Jahr und musste die Führung in der Weltrangliste zeitweilig an Monika Seleš abgeben. Diese errang sie nach dem Attentat auf Seleš[3] und deren zeitweiligem Rückzug von der WTA-Tour zurück. 1995 und 1996 gewann sie jeweils drei Grand Slam-Turniere und dominierte die Tennis-Welt.[2] Ab 1997 musste sie häufiger wegen Verletzungsproblemen (hauptsächlich Knie und Rücken) aussetzen und war im Juni 1997 erstmals seit mehr als zehn Jahren nicht mehr in den Top 2 der Weltrangliste.[2] 1999 gewann Steffi noch einmal die French Open und trat im August 1999 vom Profitennis zurück.[1] Sie wurde insgesamt fünfmal zu Deutschlands "Sportlerin des Jahres" gewählt, 1988 auch zur "Weltsportlerin des Jahres".[4]

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1996 wurde gegen Steffi ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen Steuerhinterziehung geführt. Dieses wurde gegen die Zahlung einer Geldauflage eingestellt.[1]. Ihr Vater wurde 1997 deswegen verurteilt und musste ins Gefängnis.[5] 1998 gründete Steffi die Stiftung "Children for Tomorrow"[4][6], die sich um durch Krieg, Flucht und/oder Gewalt traumatisierte Kinder kümmert. Im Jahr 2001 heiratete sie den Tennisspieler Andre Agassi und lebt seitdem in Las Vegas, Nevada. Das Ehepaar hat zwei Kinder.[1] Seit dem Ende ihrer Karriere möchte sie Stefanie genannt werden.[7]

English

Tennis

Stefanie ("Steffi") Graf is a former tennis professional. She started to play tennis at the age of three. Her father owned a tennis center where she practiced.[1] Already in 1981 Steffi started at the German Championships and lost only in three sets to Eva Pfaff.[1] In the summer of 1983, she was allowed to leave school[1] and at the end of the year she was already in the Top 100 of the World Ranking.[7] In 1984, Steffi beat for the first time a Top-10 player and rose in the Ranking to #22. In 1986, Steffi played several important matches against Martina Navratilova and in 1987 she won her first Grand Slam-Tournament. During that year, Steffi also reached #1 in the Ranking for the first time.[7]The year 1988 was Steffi's most successful year on the tennis courts. Beside winning all four Grand Slam-tournaments of the year, she also won the Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and completed that way the so-called "Golden (Grand) Slam". Through 2022, no other tennis player (male or female) achieved the Golden Slam.[2] Between 1990 and 1992, she won only one Grand Slam tournament per year and lost the #1-spot in the Ranking to Monika Seleš. After Seleš was stabbed[3] at a tournament in Germany and didn't play tournaments for about two years, Steffi turned again the best player in the World.[7] In 1995 and 1996, she won three of four Grand Slam-tournaments and dominated the tennis scene.[2] Starting in 1997, she had to take injury breaks more often and in June 1997, she fell out of the Top 2 in the Ranking for the first time after more than 10 years.[2] In 1999, she once again won the tournament of Roland Garros and retired from sports in August of that year.[7] She was named German Sportsperson of the Year five times and in 1988 also World's Sportsperson of the Year.[4]

Personal life

In 1996, Steffi and her father were accused of tax evasion. Steffi's case was dropped after she paid a fine.[7] Her father was sentenced to jail and released after he had served half of the time.[7][5] In 1998, Steffi founded her foundation "Children for Tomorrow", [8] that cares for children, who are traumatized because of escape, war and/or violence. In 2001, she married fellow tennis player Andre Agassi and lives since then in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple has two children. After her career, she prefers to be called Stefanie.[7]

Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steffi_Graf
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/inductees/stefanie-graf
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/30/newsid_2499000/2499161.stm
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 https://www.hall-of-fame-sport.de/mitglieder/detail/Steffi-Graf
  5. 5.0 5.1 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Graf_(Tennistrainer)
  6. https://www.children-for-tomorrow.com/die-stiftung/
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steffi_Graf
  8. http://www.children-for-tomorrow.com/en/

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Added her mother as Schalk-189
posted by Sven Elbert
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We are featuring this profile in the Connection Finder this week. Between now and Wednesday is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards. We know it's short notice, so don't fret too much. Just do what you can.

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posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Her husband is Agassi-11, married in October 2001. They have two children.