Monica Seles

Monica Seles
Monica Seles
  • Born: December 2, 1973
  • Nationality: Yugoslav
  • Profession: Athlete

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Monica Seles is a retired professional tennis player, who represented Yugoslavia and the United States and is also a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. An ethnic Hungarian, she was born and raised in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. She became a naturalized American citizen in 1994 and also received Hungarian citizenship in June 2007. A former world no. 1, she won nine Grand Slam singles titles, eight of them as a teenager while representing Yugoslavia, and the final one while representing the United States.

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As a top player, you have to keep your emotions in check. You think you can control everything.
Did you know that Christmas Day is absolutely the best day to fly? It is. No crowded airports and crowded planes. I always flew to Australia. That's what Christmas was for me - a plane journey to the next tournament.
Everybody has their story - at some point you have to say, 'This is who I am: Now it's up to me to become what I want to be.'
For me, the biggest thing with money has always been independence - just the biggest. Money, Coins & Minting
I am lucky to have advisers whom I trust. Trust
I did realise more than ever, after the stabbing, that tennis is a business - a tough business. Business, Commerce & Finance
I don't like salads: I like the strong food. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I have this terrible dark side to my personality, which playing tennis keeps at bay.
I lost my dad way too early and it was agonisingly awful. I missed him so much and I hated knowing that I could never again pick up the phone to tell him about my day. Families, Children & Parenting
I love new restaurants; I love trying out new foods. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love to eat. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never really did Christmas before. Christmas Day? I mean - what's that? What's it all about? I was always flying on Christmas Day.
I think for me, food was a way for me to deal with emotional trouble. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I used to pretend that I was Tom attacking Jerry, who was drawn on the ball.
I would like to thank all my tennis fans who were there from Day One when I was No. 1, through my stabbing, and my comeback.
If I find the person that I love, it is because I love them, not because I will be dependent on them. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If you look at tennis, the girls have become much more attractive; they wear makeup. In my generation, you were a tennis player. It wasn't like you had to look a certain way.
I'm about the present.
It doesn't matter who is playing or how old they are. I just worry about what I can control. It doesn't give me more or less motivation.
I've always been a very private person.
Life is not worth living if I cannot have pasta or bread again. Life
Madonna has total control over her life, and not many women have that. Life ;Women
People think I must have been so talented at an early age, but I don't know - was it talent or hard work? Who knows? Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Since I retired, I very much enjoy watching Serena Williams play. While I was playing, she was one of the toughest players I ever faced. Her ground strokes are so solid, her serve is one of the most powerful in women's tennis, and mentally she is just so strong. Women
Tennis has to become everything to you if you're going to make it to the top. You have to live it.
Tennis is pretty unforgiving if you are carrying weight. You are expected to wear short skirts, and you are compared to all these 16 and 17-year-olds.
Tennis is so competitive. I guess that's the way it has to be.
That's the key to success, isn't it? It has to be fun. Success
What I put in the stock market, I don't have to touch in my lifetime. I want to live off my bonds. I want to be that safe.
You have to want to play it all day, every day to get to the top.
You will never have great tennis champions from England because of the cold and dark, but most of all because people only care about the sport for two weeks a year, and then they're on to something else. There's just not a great love of the sport there. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Sports & Athletics

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