Sports Speaker Monica Seles is a former world champion tennis player who won 9 Grand Slam Singles titles during her career. She is the only woman to simultaneously win three consecutive Australian and French Open titles. In addition, Seles finished 1991, 1992, and 1995 as the number one tennis player in the world. In 2011, she was named one of the 30 Legends of Women’s Tennis Past, Present and Future by Time magazine.
At only 16 years old in 1990, Seles won the French Open, becoming the youngest-ever champion of this tournament. The following year was extraordinary for Seles, capturing the Australian, French, and US Open titles. In 1992, Seles repeated her incredible achievements of the previous year, defending all three of her Grand Slam titles. In addition to all these accomplishments, Seles won the WTA Tour Championship from 1990-1992. She would go on to win two more Grand Slam titles during her career in 1993 and 1996. At the end of her career, Seles had compiled a 595-122 record with 53 singles titles and 6 doubles titles. In 2009, Seles was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and she was listed as the 13th greatest tennis player of all time (men and women) by U.S. Tennis magazine.
Since her retirement, Seles has served as a frequent speaker on fitness and health, as well as a coach at tennis clinics. In addition, she has appeared on the TV sitcom The Nanny and as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She also competed in the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars. In 2009, Seles released her New York Times bestselling autobiography entitled Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self, which chronicles her triumph over depression and binge-eating after being tragically stabbed during a match in 1993. Since writing her autobiography, Seles has published two novels, entitled The Academy: Game On and The Academy: Love Match.