19
May
09

Glad Steffi Graf is retired

TENNIS-ENG-WIMBLEDON-CENTRE-COURTThose legs! / Photo from AFP

Back when she was an active player, Steffi Graf was the only female tennis player whose matches I watched on tv. Since she retired in 1999, women’s tennis has lost its appeal to me.

I watched her last match, the Wimbledon finals in 1999, in which she lost to Lindsey Davenport, 6-4 7-5.

After 10 years, I watched her play again last Sunday. I would have missed it had I not been alerted by another Graf fan.

Steffi Graf, playing in two exhibition matches at the grand opening or closing of the retractable roof at the center court of the All England Club, was the same Steffi Graf I last saw play. Well, not exactly the same. She was laughing and smiling this time, a far cry from her stolid demeanor she put on during competitions when she was still in the women’s circuit.

Turning 40 next month, Steffi Graf epitomizes fitness and health. She doesn’t look a pound heavier than she was in 1999 despite having given birth to two children. Her long, toned legs–which have carried her to 22 Grand Slam titles–have always been a source of envy for me and my female friends.

Like what happened in the past whenever I watched her play, I sighed in resignation to the fact that I can never have legs like hers unless I amputate mine and wear prostheses molded like her legs. But even if I did this, I would have to cut my arms as well because they would now be disproportionate to my new legs. Then I would have to wear arm prostheses molded like Graf’s. But even if I now had arms and legs like Steffi’s, I would need to pare my torso, which in its present condition, is not anywhere like Graf’s.

Oh, just kill me.

I’m glad Steffi Graf has retired.

Advertisements

5 Responses to “Glad Steffi Graf is retired”


  1. 1 aag
    May 20, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Mps, I have the same sentiment but in my case, it’s Gabriela Sabatini. I’m glad she’s retired too. Now, she’s busy promoting her line of perfumes. http://www.gabrielasabatini.net/uk/index2.htm

  2. May 8, 2010 at 12:37 am

    hey steffi graf u wer looking great in every moment…..

  3. August 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Your style is very unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from.
    Thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this site.

  4. April 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Can I simply just say what a relief to discover a person
    that truly understands what they are talking about over the internet.
    You definitely know how to bring a problem to light and make it
    important. A lot more people should check this out and understand this side of your story.

    I was surprised you’re not more popular given that you
    most certainly possess the gift.

  5. April 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Awesome! Its in fact amazing piece of writing, I have got much clear
    idea concerning from this paragraph.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: