Qatar Open, Madrid Open


Oklahoma City, Brasil Open, Japan Open, Kiwi Shanghai Open


Oklahoma City, Amelia Island, Italian Open


Amelia Island


Canadian Open, Tokyo [Toyota]


Los Angeles, Canadian Open, Tokyo [Toyota]


Australian Open, Tokyo [Nichirei], Sydney, Eastbourne, Canadian Open


Canadian Open


Australian Open, Chicago


Australian Open, Roland Garros, U.S. Open, Virginia Slims Championships, Essen, Indian Wells, Houston, Barcelona, Tokyo [Nichirei], Oakland


Australian Open, Roland Garros, U.S. Open, Virginia Slims Championships, Lipton, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo [Nichirei], Milan, Philadelphia


Roland Garros, Virginia Slims Championships, Lipton, U.S. Hardcourts, Tampa, Italian Open, German Open, Los Angeles, Oakland





Tokyo [Toyota] (w/Kournikova)


Tokyo [Toyota] (w/Sugiyama)


Italian Open (w/Sukova)


U.S. Hardcourts (w/Fendick), Italian Open (w/Capriati)


Italian Open (w/Kelesi)



United States Federation Cup Team


United States Federation Cup Team, United States Olympic Team (Bronze Medal Winner)


United States Federation Cup Team


United States Federation Cup Team


United States Federation Cup Team, United States Olympic Team


United States Federation Cup Team


Highest Singles Ranking: No. 1 (178 weeks) - (reached March 11-Aug. 4, 1991; Aug. 12-18, 1991; Sept. 9, 1991-June 6, 1993; August 15-November 3, 1996; November 18-24, 1996)
NR - Not Ranked, *Ranking reflects only four tournaments as a result of inability to play due to attack at Hamburg,**Co-ranked

CAREER IN REVIEW [1988-2003]


Played 3 WTA tournaments in 1988 as an amateur

In the 1st tournament she played, won her very 1st match in Boca Raton aged 14 years, 3 months, defeating Kelesi before falling to No. 3 Evert

Reached 2r at Miami (lost to Sabatini) and the SF of New Orleans (defeating McNeil before retiring in SF vs. A. Smith)

Following that tournament (October 10) debuted on rankings at No. 88


Turned Professional on February 13, 1989

As a 15-year-old unranked wildcard, won Houston (defeating No. 4 Evert in final). Moved up to No. 23 with that victory

In only sixth professional event (3 of those tournaments played as an amateur in 1988), reached Roland Garros SF (defeating world No. 5 Garrison and No. 7 Manuela Maleeva before losing to No. 1 Graf in 3 sets)

Ranking improved to No. 14; reached 4r at Wimbledon and US Open, and afterwards (September 11) broke into Top 10 for first time, the fifth youngest to do so (15 years, 9 months, 9 days) and less than a year after debuting on rankings

Runner-up at Dallas (defeating world No. 4 Sanchez-Vicario; lost to No. 2 Navratilova) and Brighton (lost to Graf)

Semifinalist at Washington and Zurich

Finished season qualifying for season-ending Championships, lost to world No. 2 Navratilova 7-5 in the third set after trailing 6-3, 5-1

Finished at No. 6 in first full year on Tour


Won 36 straight singles matches and six titles in winning Miami, San Antonio, Houston, Italian Open (defeating world No. 2 Navratilova 6-1, 6-1), German Open (defeating No. 1 Graf 6-4, 6-3) and first Grand Slam event at Roland Garros (defeating Graf again, saving four set points in first set tie-break to win 7-6, 6-4; youngest champion there at 16 years, 6 months)

Streak snapped in Wimbledon QF (lost to world No. 5 Garrison 9-7 in the third set)

Improved ranking from No. 6 to No. 3 during that run

Also won Los Angeles (defeating Navratilova 7-6 in the third set), and Oakland (defeating Navratilova in straight sets)

Became youngest winner of season-ending Championships (defeating Sabatini in 5 sets, first five-set women’s match since 1902 US Championships)

Finished at No. 2


Won 74 matches and 10 titles, including Grand Slam titles at Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open

Missed Wimbledon due to shin splints

Is one of only four players in Open Era to capture Australian and Roland Garros titles in same calendar year (others are Court, Graf and Capriati)

On March 11, ended Graf’s record 186 consecutive week reign at No. 1, becoming fifth world No. 1 since computer rankings began in November 1975

At the time was youngest No. 1 at 17 years, 3 months, 9 days (Hingis became youngest on March 31, 1997, at age 16 years, 6 months, 1 day)

At the US Open, the 17-year, one-month age gap between finalists Seles (17 years, 9 months) and Navratilova (34 years, 10 months) was widest in a Grand Slam final in Open Era

Reclaimed No. 1 ranking from Graf after US Open win and would hold position without interruption until June 1993

At San Diego, played youngest final in Open Era (combined age of 33 years) when she lost 7-6 in the third set to Capriati

Won the season-ending Championships for the second time (defeating Navratilova 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the final)

Reached the final of every tournament entered

Won 20 titles before 18th birthday, just three weeks older than Tracy Austin’s record in 1980

First Season-ending No. 1 ranking


Won 70 matches and 10 titles including three Grand Slams for second straight year

Reached final of all four Grand Slams, winning second Australian Open, third successive Roland Garros (becoming first woman to do so since Hilde Sperling in 1935-37) and second US Open

Reached final of Wimbledon (defeating Navratilova in 3 sets before losing 6-2, 6-1 to Graf)

Won third straight season-ending Championships in November over Navratilova 7-5, 6-3, 6-1

Won six other singles titles

25th title came at Barcelona aged 18 years, 4 months, breaking Tracy Austin’s record by four months

Compiled streak of 21 consecutive finals, tying her for second with Graf, from October 3, 1990 (lost to Frazier in Tokyo [Nichirei] QF) to March 18, 1992 (lost to Capriati in Miami QF); Navratilova holds record of 23 consecutive finals from June 12 , 1983-November 25, 1984

Youngest player to win 30 titles before 19th birthday

Second season-ending No. 1


Won eighth Grand Slam at the Australian Open defeating world No. 3 Sabatini in SF and No. 2 Graf in final (her seventh Grand Slam title out of last eight entered)

Won Chicago (defeating Navratilova in final), but it was Navratilova who halted her 34-match win streak, winning a third-set tie-break to win Paris Indoors

A viral infection forced her out of Indian Wells, Miami, Hilton Head and Barcelona

Returned at Hamburg where, on April 30, 1993, during a change-over in QF vs. Magdalena Maleeva at 6-4, 4-3 in Seles’ favor, she was stabbed in back (just below left shoulder blade) by 38-year-old German Guenter Parche, a fanatical fan of Graf’s who wanted to see Graf return to No. 1

Seles did not play again for two years and three months

Season-ending ranking of No. 8 reflects only four tournaments as a result of inability to compete following attack in Hamburg

When she turned 20 years old on December 2nd, she had amassed 8 Grand Slams; Giving her the record for the most Grand Slams won by a teenager since the Open Era of tennis began in 1968. The only other player to have won more Grand Slams as a teenager, was Maureen Connolly who won 9 (but she accomplished this feat before the introduction of the Open Era)


Did not play. On January 31, 1994, dropped out of Top 10 from No. 8 to No. 18, having not defended her Australian Open title; fell off WTA rankings on February 14


Returned to Tour on August 15 as co-No. 1 (would receive ranking average for first time after six tournaments played, and thereafter would be co-ranked with player who was directly below her average for a further eight tournaments)

Won Canadian Open (Toronto) as a wildcard, her first event back on the WTA Tour after a 27-and-a-half-month absence due to stabbing (see 1993 note above); set tournament record for least number of games dropped by the champion throughout the tournament (14); defeating two Top 10 players en route, world No. 10 Huber in QF, No. 8 Sabatini in SF before beating Coetzer 6-0, 6-1 in most lopsided final in tournament’s history

Reached US Open final as No. 2 seed behind Graf, defeating world No. 10 A. Huber, No. 5 Novotna, No. 3 C. Martinez (all in straight sets) before falling to Graf 7-6(6), 0-6, 6-3 after holding set point in first set

Withdrew from Oakland and season-ending Championships due to tendonitis in left knee and a sprained right ankle

Season-ending No. 1 (co-ranked)


Won five titles, including first two of the season in Australia. In Sydney, she saved a match point in final vs. Davenport to claim the title 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-3 and then her ninth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Coming back from a 5-2 third set deficit to defeat Rubin in SF, she then defeated A. Huber 6-4, 6-1 in the final

Lost to Majoli in QF of Tokyo [Pan Pacific], and then tendonitis in her left shoulder kept her out until Madrid in late May

Reached Roland Garros QF in her first appearance there since 1992

Won her first title on grass at Eastbourne defeating MJ. Fernandez in final 6-0, 6-2

Suffered earliest Grand Slam loss of her career (at that time), lost to world No. 59 Studenikova in Wimbledon 2r

After reaching QF of Atlanta Olympics (lost to Novotna 8-6 in the third set), defended Canadian Open title in Montreal (in August), defeating Sanchez-Vicario in final 6-1, 7-6(2) and reached US Open final (lost to world No. 1 Graf)

Won Tokyo [Nichirei] defeating Sanchez-Vicario 6-1, 6-4, saving match point in SF vs. Date

Retired during season-ending Championships 1r vs. Date due to left shoulder pain

Season-ending No. 2


Won three titles and reached another four finals

Due to a broken right ring-finger sustained during practice in December 1996, was unable to defend her Australian Open crown and kept her out of game until March, resulting in ranking falling out of Top 5 (at No. 6) for first time (while playing) since March 25, 1990

Returned at Miami, reaching the final (lost to Hingis); at Hilton Head, lost in the final to world No. 1 Hingis 7-6 in the third set

Extended Hingis to 3 sets again in the SF of Roland Garros losing a close 6-7(2), 7-5, 6-4 (her ranking moved up to No. 2 afterwards)

Won back-to-back titles to win Los Angeles (saving match point in final vs. Davenport to win 5-7, 7-5, 6-4) and Canadian Open in Toronto (for the 3rd time in a row) over world No.8 Anke Huber 6-2, 6-4

14-match win streak was halted in US Open QF where she held match point on Spirlea before falling

Won Tokyo Princess Cup over world No.10 Sanchez-Vicario 6-1, 3-6, 7-6

Season-ending No. 5


Won two singles titles, a doubles title, and reaching two other singles finals

Missed first three months of season due to her father’s battle with cancer, returning at Miami (lost in 3r); then at Roland Garros, three weeks after her father’s death, reached the final for first time since winning in 1992, defeating world No. 3 Novotna and No. 1 Hingis before falling to Sanchez-Vicario in 3 sets

Won titles at Canadian Open in Montreal (for the fourth time in a row) defeating world No. 1 Hingis in SF 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and No. 4 Sanchez-Vicario in the final 6-3, 6-2) and won both the Singles and Doubles in Tokyo [Princess Cup]

Also reached QF at Wimbledon, US Open (lost to Hingis) and season-ending Championships (lost to Graf in 3 sets)

Passed $10 million mark in career earnings, the fourth to do so

Season-ending No. 6


Won one title and runner-up at two other events

Reached Australian Open SF, defeating Graf in the QF 7-5, 6-1. Lost to world No. 2 Hingis in SF halting her 33 match win streak at the Australian Open (had never lost a match at the Australian Open prior, winning each time she entered 1991, 92, 93, and 96)

At Amelia Island, won first clay title in seven years defeating Roxandra Dragomir 6-2, 6-3 in the final (only losing 14 games through out the whole tournament)

Reached SF at Roland Garros (lost to eventual champion Graf in 3 sets)

Withdrew from three summer events with tendonitis in left forearm, but returned at the Canadian Open and got to the final again, but lost to No.1 Hingis (halting Monica’s winning streak in Toronto where she had won the title 1995-1998)

Suffered right foot stress fracture in late September forcing her out of Linz, Philadelphia and season-ending Championships

Season-ending No. 6


Enjoyed most consistent season since 1992, reaching QF or better in all 16 events contested (reached six finals, winning three titles)

In completed matches, did not lose to anyone other than Hingis, Davenport, V. Williams or Pierce

After falling to No. 14 in February (lowest ranking while playing since June 1989), returned to Tour at Oklahoma City after five-month lay-off due to right-foot stress fracture; defeating Dechy in Oklahoma City final 6-1, 7-6, then defeated C. Martinez in Amelia Island final 6-3, 6-2, and Mauresmo in Italian Open final 6-2, 7-6 (first Tier I title since 1998 Toronto and first in Rome in 10 years)

Moved back to No. 3

Runner-up at season-ending Championships (first final there since winning last of three titles in 1992), lost to Hingis 6-7(5) ,6-4, 6-4 after leading 4-2 second set

Also runner-up at San Diego and New Haven (lost to V. Williams each time)

Earned a Bronze Medal in singles at Sydney Olympics (defeating Dokic 6-1, 6-4)

Member of winning US Fed Cup team, avenging 1998 SF loss to Spain in final

No. 4 season-finish was best since 1996


Reached six finals, winning four titles

Began by reaching QF of Sydney in singles and then pairing up with Martina Hingis in doubles, defeated the Williams sisters 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 in their first match, and then defeated Davenport/Morariu 7-5, 6-3 in the QF

At Australian Open, lost to eventual winner Capriati in QF after leading 7-5, 4-2; in doubles (w/Hingis), defeated reigning champions Raymond/Stubbs in 1r before falling to Williams sisters in SF

Defended Oklahoma City title (defeating Capriati in final 6-3, 5-7, 6-2)

Suffered right-foot stress reaction after Indian Wells which caused her to withdraw from six tournaments, including Roland Garros and Wimbledon

Returned at Stanford reaching SF, and at San Diego put together best results since 1998 in defeating world No. 2 Capriati 6-3, 6-3 and No. 1 Hingis 6-3, 6-4, before falling to V. Williams in final. Her victories over the Top 2 were the most decisive since Austin d. Evert 6-3, 7-5 and Navratilova 6-2, 6-0 on successive days to win 1979 Filderstadt

At Los Angeles, saved 6 match points in QF to defeat S. Williams 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(2) (her first victory over one of the Williams sisters in nine attempts); in SF, defeated Hingis in 3 sets 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, but lost to Davenport in final

Accepted wildcard into Canadian Open (Toronto), defeating Dokic and Henin before falling to eventual champion S. Williams

Despite earliest loss in 11 years at US Open (4r to Bedanova), captured consecutive titles in Bahia, Japan Open (becoming eighth woman in Open Era to win 50 career titles) and Shanghai

Chose not to play season-ending Championships in Munich, Germany

Season-ending No. 10


Season’s tour debut came at Australian Open; ranked No. 10, ended V. Williams’s 24-match win-streak and bid for third successive Grand Slam title with a three set QF win 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 (first win over V. Williams in seven meetings); lost in SF to world No. 4 Hingis in 3 sets

Reached final at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], defeating Stevenson 7-6(9), 7-6(9) in the QF (saving three set points in first set and eight in second), and defeating Kournikova in the SF. Lost to top seed Hingis in the final 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3

At Paris Indoors, defeated No. 2 seed Henin in QF but lost to Dokic (for first time) in SF in 3 sets

Won 52nd career title at Doha as No. 1 seed (defeating Tanasugarn in final 7-6, 6-3)

At Dubai, reached the SF (lost to No. 3 seed and eventual champion Mauresmo)

At Indian Wells, reached the SF (lost to No. 2 seed Hingis)

At Miami, came from 5-7, 4-2 down to defeat C. Martinez in 2nd rd and then defeated No. 5-ranked Clijsters 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, before losing to No. 1 Capriati 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) in SF (after holding 2 match points)

Withdrew from Amelia Island due to a right foot injury

At Charleston, was upset by world No. 109 qualifier Foretz in 3r, her first loss to a player ranked outside Top 100 since No. 134 Lucic (1999 Wimbledon 3r) and first loss before SF in first eight events of 2002

Representing USA in Fed Cup vs. Austria, lost to world No. 75 Schwartz but won other singles and a doubles matches in US team’s 3-2 loss

Withdrew from Italian Open with a stomach virus

Won Madrid, her second title of the year and 53rd of her career, defeating Chanda Rubin 6-4, 6-2 in the final

Quarterfinalist at Roland Garros (never lost before QF there in 10 appearances to date), falling to world No. 2 V. Williams

Following tournament moved up to world No. 4, her highest since April 2001

Reached QF at Wimbledon falling to world No. 6 Henin (for first time in five meetings)

In Fed Cup, won two singles matches (13th and 14th Fed Cup singles wins) in USA’s win over Israel to secure spot in 2003 World Group

Seeded No. 3 at Stanford, defeating Tanasugarn in 3 sets in 2r and was upset by Raymond in QF

Withdrew from San Diego with inflammation of the right foot arch

Withdrew from Los Angeles due to the right foot injury

Quarterfinalist at the US Open for a ninth time. Recovering from a 6-1, 4-3 deficit and later two points from defeat in the 2r (to avenge April Fed Cup loss), to defeat Barbara Schwartz 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. Defeated world No. 8 Hingis 6-4, 6-2 in 4r in a crushing display of power before losing to V. Williams in QF; first time in 10 years to reach QF or better at all four GS

Semifinalist at Bahia, lost to Daniilidou

Withdrew from Zurich with a right foot injury

Returned to tour at season-ending Championships, her 12th time to qualify and ninth appearance; seeded No. 6, saved 7 match points to defeat Davenport in 1r 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3, her first win over Davenport since 1997 Los Angeles final (has saved match point in all three career wins over Davenport to date); lost in QF to world No. 2 V. Williams 7-5, 6-4 after leading 4-1 first set

Season-ending No. 7


Won her 1st rd match at the Australian Open over Lubomira Kurhajcova 6-0, 6-1, but in the 2r vs. qualifier Koukalova, twisted left ankle near the end of first set and lost match 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-3, having never lost there prior to QF in seven previous appearances

Runner-up for second consecutive year at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (lost to Davenport in 3 sets)

As No. 1 seed and defending champion at Doha, lost opening match (after 1st round bye) to world No. 96 Krasnoroutskaya 7-5, 7-5

Ranking fell to No. 11, first time out of Top 10 in three years

At Dubai, reached final and held championship point before losing to No. 1 seed Henin-Hardenne 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-5

Afterwards (February 24), returned to Top 10 at No. 10

Withdrew from Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston due to foot injury

As No. 6 seed, returned at Amelia Island and fell in QF to Henin-Hardenne

Retired with foot injury in 2nd round match in Rome vs. Petrova

Although with the lingering foot injury still giving her problems on and off she enters the French Open. Unable to scramble around enough, falls to Petrova (world No. 76) in 1st round 6-4, 6-0 (her worst loss there in 11 appearances)

Withdrew from all following tournaments because of continuing foot injury


Played “Raise a Racquet” exhibition against Martina Navratilova in Richmond, Virginia (March 22) to test ongoing foot injury, winning a doubles match but losing the singles

Planned to return to Tour at Strasbourg and Roland Garros following a one-year injury layoff but withdrew due to ongoing foot injury


Played exhibition series against Martina Navratilova in New Zealand at Auckland (February 1) and Christchurch (February 3), losing both singles matches.

During the women’s Canadian Open tournament, Monica was given an award for her achievement in Canada for her 4 wins in a row (95-98)


Played three exhibition matches against Navratilova. On April 5, Seles defeated Navratilova in Houston, Texas, on clay, 7-6(1), 2-6, 10-1 (tiebreak).

On September 14, Seles defeated Navratilova on an indoor court in New Orleans, Louisiana, 6-2, 6-4

On September 16, Seles defeated Navratilova on clay in Bucharest, Romania, 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 (tiebreak).


February 14, 2008, Seles announced her official retirement from professional tennis.

“Tennis has been and will always be a huge part of my life. I have for some time considered a return to professional play, but I have now decided not to pursue that,” Seles said from Miami, Florida. “I will continue to play exhibitions, participate in charity events, promote the sport, but will no longer plan my schedule around the tour. I look forward to pursuing other opportunities with the same passion and energy that fueled my dedication to tennis and to devote more time to two of my passions — children and animals. I especially want to thank all my wonderful, loyal fans for all of their support for me over the years. They have inspired me throughout my career in the good times and comforted me in the bad times. I have always been so proud to have such a special group of precious fans to call my very own and felt they were the best an athlete could ever hope to have. I will miss them all as much as I will miss competing in the game of tennis.”


July 11, 2009, Monica was inducted into The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

“It’s a great way to cap a fantastic career,” Seles said during her speech. “More importantly, I’m just lucky I got to do something I love to do, and I’m hoping in my second life, as I call it, I can find something that I’m as passionate about as I was about tennis. It’s really that simple for me.” “I would like to thank all my tennis fans who were there from Day One when I was No. 1, through my stabbing, and my comeback,” Seles, dressed in white slacks with a lavender blouse, told the crowd. Seles, playfully, gave one more grunt. “For old, good time sakes,” she said.


1989 – Named TENNIS Magazine/Rolex Watch Female Rookie of the Year

1990 –  WTA Tour Most Improved Player

1990 – Recipient of first Ted Tinling Diamond Award for enhancing the sport of women’s tennis and embodying grace and style

1990 – Presented with the Rado Topspin Award for overall sportsmanship and dedication to game

1991 – Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year

1991 – ITF Women’s World Champion

1991 – WTA Tour Player of the Year

1992 – WTA Tour Player of the Year by acclamation

1992 – ITF Women’s World Champion

1992 – Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year

1995 – Chosen No Nonsense American Woman of the Month in September by the No Nonsense American Woman Council on Women’s Issues

1995 – Named one of People magazine’s Most Intriguing People

1995 – Recipient of the WTA Tour Comeback Player of the Year Award

1995 – Voted by fans as Most Exciting Player

1995 – TENNIS Magazine Comeback Player of the Year

1996 – Released autobiography “From Fear to Victory” in June

1997 – Voted by fans as Most Exciting Player

1998 – Named Female Pro Athlete of the Year by the Florida Sports Hall of Fame

1998 – Recipient of the WTA Tour Comeback Player of the Year Award

1998-99 – Elected to the Sanex WTA Tour Players’ Council

1999 – Awarded the ‘Commitment to Community’ Award by the Florida Times-Union

1999 – Named the Family Circle Cup Player Who Makes a Difference

2000 – One of five female tennis players named to Forbes magazine’s Power 100 in Fame and Fortune list at No. 66; no other female athletes made list

2000 – Flo Hyman Memorial Award from Women’s Sports Foundation as an outstanding female athlete who exemplifies dignity, spirit and commitment to excellence

A member of the winning US Fed Cup teams in 1996, 1999 and 2000

2002 – Received inaugural Sanex Hero of the Year Award (tallied from votes cast on the Tour’s official Web site by over 20,000 people from more than 90 different countries)

2005 – received an Award for her achievement in Canada for winning 4 consecutive Canadian Open’s in a row (1995-1998)

2009 – Released autobiography “Getting A Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self” on April 21

2013 – Released fictional book “The Academy: Game On” on June 4

2013 – Was inducted in to the “US Open Court of Championships” on September 8

2014 – Released 2nd book in The Academy Series “The Academy: Love Match” on February 25