Steffi is considered by many to be the greatest female tennis player of all time, boasting a record of 902 total career victories. During her 17-year tennis career, which began in Germany in 1982, Graf won 22 Grand Slam titles, seven at Wimbledon, six at the French Open, five at the US Open and four at the Australian Open. In 1988, Graf won all four Grand Slam singles titles, the Olympic Gold medal and 96% of her matches.
Steffi Graf dominated her era so much that she spent 186 consecutive weeks as the top ranked player in the world. Over the course of her phenomenal career, she parked for a record 377 weeks in top spot on the Women’s tour.
A notable feature of Graf’s game was her versatility across all playing surfaces, having won each of the four Majors at least four times, the only player to do so, and she is best known for her great footwork and for her powerful forehand drive.
In 1991, the Steffi Graf Youth Tennis Center in Leipzig was dedicated. She is the founder and chairperson of “Children for Tomorrow”, a non-profit foundation for implementing and developing projects to support children who have been traumatized by war or other crises.
Graf is married to fellow tennis great and Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi with whom she has two children. An ambassador for the WWF, she now devotes much of her time to charity work.
Throughout her career, Steffi signed many endorsement deals including a ten-year endorsement deal with car manufacturer Opel. She has appeared in many advertisements and television commercials with Andre Agassi including Canon Inc. and Longines. In 2015, she was appointed as the brand ambassador of Kerala tourism, for promoting Ayurveda in North America and Europe.
One of the most respected figures in tennis’ history, Steffi Graf is in demand as an motivational speaker and events host.