The Classy Steffi Graf

I’m a huge tennis fan. Even as a kid before I actually started watching the sport, I knew the names, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Jimmy Conners, Bjorn Borg, and John McEnroe. Then, when I actually started watching the sport in the early 80s, Martina Navratilova came to dominate the woman’s game, seemingly winning everything in sight. Even today for me, there’s nothing like a a Grand Slam championship match, especially when one of my favorite tennis players is going at it. Back when Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi were playing, I could hardly sleep in anticipation of one of their matches. Andre Agassi remains my favorite tennis player of all time. And his wife Steffi, my goodness. She is to my mind, the epitome of class, not to mention the fact that she has one of the best pair of legs I’ve ever seen on a human body. I’m married now, so I generally keep that to myself. Fortunately for me in this case, my wife doesn’t read my blog posts. Anyway I loved the way Steffi carried herself on the court, a very classy person.

I’m thinking about Steffi now because Serena Williams is going for the calendar year grand slam. Something not accomplished since Steffi completed her golden slam in 1988. Steffi was a quiet assassin, just literally destroying the competition. Of course I realize that Monica Seles had Steffi’s number before being tragically stabbed and I hate that because we will never know if Steffi would have eventually figured Monica out. Few people remember that Chris Evert used to dominate Martina Navratilova in the seventies before Martina figured her and the rest of the tennis field out in the 80s, completely dominating everyone for most of that decade. But alas, Steffi could only play who was in front of her and she handled the Monica situation as she did everything else, with absolute class.Yes, I’m a huge Serena fan, but I will admit,  I truly miss seeing Steffi on the court. She was a class act.