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Steffi Graf Turns 50: The Numbers Behind One Of The Most Successful Tennis Players In History

Ubitennis takes a closer look at the career of the former world No.1.

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Today German tennis legend Steffi Graf is celebrating her 50th birthday. The 22-time grand slam champion achieved numerous records throughout her career and some of them are still standing this present day. Including being the only person to have won every grand slam at least four times.

 

To celebrate Graf’s birthday, here is a look at the numbers behind her remarkable career.

1. Won all four grand slam titles in 1988, as well as a gold medal at the Olympic Games. Becoming the first and only player to achieve a calendar golden slam in the Open Era. Other women to have achieved a calendar slam without an Olympic medal are Maureen Connolly (1953) and Margaret Court (1970).

1 plus 1. The Graf is married to the former world No. 1 André Agassi.

1. Her only grand slam doubles title was with Argentina’s Gabriela Sabatini at the 1988 Wimbledon championships.

2. Graf won the Fed Cup twice in 1987 and 1992.

2. Steffi and André have 2 children called Jaden Gil and Jaz Elle.

3. Technically won three Olympic medals during her career. However, at the 1984 Games Graf’s gold wasn’t formally recognized as tennis was only a demonstration sport. She also won gold in 1988 and 1992.

3. Won three consecutive Australian Open titles (1988, 1989, 1990).

4. Victories at the Australian Open in total (1988, 1989, 1990 and 1994).

4. Won both the French Open and Wimbledon within the same year four times. Doing so in 1988, 1993, 1995 and 1996.

4. Played in four consecutive French Open finals (1987 to 1990).

5. Won the year-end championships five times. The joint second highest of all-time after Martina Navratilova, who won the tournament on eight occasions. (1987, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).

5. Five-time US Open champion (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996).

6. Six-time French Open winner (1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1999). In 1999 André Agassi also triumphed in the Parisian slam. It is understood that the relationship between the two started during that tournament.

7. Seven-time Wimbledon winner (1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996).

8. The number of times she has finished a season ranked No.1 in the world.

9. Finished runner-up nine grand slam events during her career.

9. Number of finals played at Roland Garros.

11. 11-time doubles champion on the WTA Tour. Five of those victories were with Sabatini.

13. Between 1987-1990 Graf reached the final at 13 consecutive grand slam tournaments.

13. At 13 years and 10 months, Graff is the youngest tennis player ever to win a match in a slam tournament (1983 Roland Garros).

14. Steffi was born on 14 June 1969.

19. Consecutive quarter-finals in the majors.

21. Graf’s Prize Money amounts to more than 21 million dollars.

22. Triumphed in 22 Grand Slam tournaments. She is third on the all-time list for most major titles after Margaret Court (24) and Serena Williams (23).

32. The number of finals lost in her career.

39. Consecutive sets won at the Australian Open.

40. Consecutive sets won in the Majors (1988).

74. Number of matches won at Wimbledon.

107. Number of WTA titles won during her career. Only Chris Evert and Navratilova have won more trophies in women’s tennis.

186. Consecutive weeks at No. 1.

377. Has held the No.1 position longer than any other player in the history of the WTA Tour at 377 weeks.

900. Career matches won by Graf.

2001. The year she married André Agassi.

2004. The year she was introduced into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova splits with coach Sam Sumyk after seven months

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Sam Sumyk will no longer coach Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian player got off to a good start to her 2020 season under the guidance of the French coach reached the quarter finals before losing to eventual finalist Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open but she has split from the French coach after seven months. Sumyk has confirmed the news to the French tennis website We love tennis. Earlier this yera Pavlyuchenkova won 19 of her 27 matches and reached the final in Moscow in the seven months under the guidance of Sumyk.

 

Pavlyuchenkova won two Junior Grand Slam titles and became the Junior world number 1 at the age of 14 in 2006. She reached her career-high of world number 13 in July 2011. The Russian player has won 12 singles titles and 5 doubles titles. She also reached six quarter finals at Grand Slam level at the 2011 French Open, at the 2011 US Open, at Wimbledon 2016 and at the Australian Open in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Sumik had previously coached two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka, former Wimbledon and Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza, former world number 2 Vera Zvonareva and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

Under the guidane of Sumik Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title in 2012. The Belarusian player defended her title in Melbourne and climbed to the world number on eone year later.

The 53-year-old coach helped Muguruza clinch her maiden Grand Slam title at 2016 Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2017.

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Jannik Sinner sets Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion Jannik Sinner set Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19.

 

The Italian player announced the news that he will donate 10 Euros alongside Starwing Sports for every photo of a pizza that resembles himself or any past or present Italian figure to raise funds for medical supplies in Italy during the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to help fight the spread of the virus.

Sinner is currently training in Monte-Carlo during the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last February Sinner reached his first ATP 500 quarter final in Rotterdam after scoring the biggest win of his career against world number 10 David Goffin. He earned his first Grand Slam main draw win of career against Max Purcell at the Australian Open.

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Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision to postpone the Olympic Games

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This year’s Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision of the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s authorities to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games until 2021.

 

The decision of postponing the Olympics was announced on 24th March through a joint statement made by the President of the International Olympic Thomas Bach and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

Djokovic, who had prepared a pair of shoes inscribed with the words “Tokyo 2020”, thinks that the health of the people around the world is much more important.

“I am sad that the Olympic Games are postponed, but I am sure that it’s the right decision for the health of everyone involved. Let’s look forward to Tokyo 2021. Although the situation looks horrible in some parts of the world, I think that humanity in some parts of the world, Novak Djokovic thinks that humanity with get through it and can profit from it”, said Djokovic.

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