Facts about Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf Biography
Nicknamed “Fraulein Forehand,” German star Steffi Graf was the dominant women’s tennis player of the early 1990s.
Big and athletic, with a powerful serve, Steffi Graf won an amazing 22 major championships, including seven singles titles at Wimbledon. In 1988 she completed a rare Grand Slam, winning the U.S., Australian and French Opens and Wimbledon in one year. During the first half of the 1990s she and Spain’s Arantxa Sanchez Vicario had one of the more exciting rivalries in tennis, with Graf emerging as the stronger player.
Steffi Graf retired in 1999. The same year she began a relationship with tennis star Andre Agassi; they married in 2001 and have two children.
Steffi Graf’s 22 major wins were a record in the modern Open era, until Serena Williams won her 23rd major with her Australian Open victory in 2017. The all-time winner of singles majors in women’s tennis is Margaret Court, who won 23 titles; many of them were in the years before 1968 when only amateurs could compete in the majors.