SIRIUS XM Radio announced today that internationally acclaimed tennis superstar Monica Seles will host an exclusive live call-in show aimed at empowering women everywhere to lead their best life. The Monica Seles Challenge: 5 Weeks to Jump Start Your Life will air in five weekly installments airing every Thursday from September 4th through October 2nd from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET on SIRIUS Stars channel 102. Seles will host the show from SIRIUS XM Radio’s Rockefeller Center studios.
Seles has long been a role model for women and on SIRIUS she will have a forum to speak candidly about both the troubles and successes she faced in her own life and how these experiences made her stronger. With The Monica Seles Challenge, Seles encourages listeners to join her on a five-week journey toward feeling strong, beautiful, happy and healthy – on the inside and out. Seles’ goal is to help women realize their best possible selves across all aspects of their lives, personal, professional, emotional and beyond.
Seles will welcome expert guests, athletes, celebrities and real women and will take calls from around the country.
“I love radio and the unique way it has to reach out to people with a real and personal exchange of ideas and stories,” said Monica Seles. “SIRIUS has provided just such an opportunity for me, my studio guests and the SIRIUS audience to share our life experiences, learn from them, and hopefully forge ahead into a happier and healthier future.”
“Monica Seles is an extraordinary person whose passion, determination and courage – both on and off the court – shaped her into the world-class athlete and woman she is today,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio. “On SIRIUS, these qualities will translate into compelling radio as she empowers and inspires listeners across the country.”
Over Seles’ extraordinary tennis career, she earned nine Grand Slam titles and won 53 singles and six doubles tournaments. She first became No. 1 in the world in March 1991. Seles was No. 1 for 178 weeks during the next two years- the youngest No. 1 ever at the time- until tragedy struck in April 1993 when she was stabbed in the back by a deranged fan during a match in Germany. She wasn’t able to play again for more than two years. When she returned to tennis, she won hearts with her comeback win at the Canadian Open and then reached the US Open Final the following month. Remarkably, she won her ninth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January 1996. Seles joined the cast of ABC-TV’s hit “Dancing with the Stars” in 2008. Seles is currently writing her memoir, Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self, in which she explores her remarkable journey of tennis, fame, tragedy, loss and self-discovery. Her book is scheduled for publication in March 2009 by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).