Monica Seles became the youngest player to take over the world's No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis in 1991. By the age of 13, Seles was the No. 1 junior tennis player in the world. At 16, she beat Steffi Graf in the French Open, becoming the youngest person to win the tournament. The following year, the 17-year-old made history again as the youngest player to take over the world's No. 1 ranking. She dominated the sport until 1993.
At the time, Seles was virtually unbeatable. From January 1991 through February 1993, she won 33 of the 34 tournaments she entered, including six Grand Slam singles titles.
By the time she retired, Seles had claimed nine Grand Slam championships among her 53 career singles titles. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009.
Since retiring, Monica has spent time teaching at tennis clinics and speaking about the difficulties she faced with an eating disorder. She wrote a book in 2009, "Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self." She soon launched herself into the world of young-adult fiction, penning the first two books of a series about a tennis boarding school entitled The Academy.
In 2008, Seles competed on ABC's hit dance-competition show, "Dancing with the Stars," but was eliminated in the first round. She had never danced before beginning rehearsals for the show.
Aside from her love of tennis, Monica loves to help animals in any way she can. Monica currently has 3 animal rescues of her own: Charlie, a Yorkie; Lilly, a Miniature Pincher; and, Timmy a Chihuahua. Her beloved Astro, Ariel, Blossom, Spunky, and Peace are waiting for her at the Rainbow Bridge.
Monica became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1994, and is a resident of Sarasota, FL.