Chat with Monica Seles
Seles, now 35, turned pro at 16 in 1989. Within two years, she had won four Grand Slam titles -- two French Opens, U.S. Open and Australian Open -- and had reached No. 1 in the world. In total, she won nine Grand Slams, with Wimbledon being the only major event that she didn't win. Her accomplishments on the court, to go along with her nearly $15 million in prize money, earned her a spot in the International Tennis Hall of Fame last year.
Her new book "Getting a Grip" came out Tuesday. The book chronicles her battles with eating disorders following the attack on her during a match with Steffi Graf. She went from being the No. 1 player and dominating the tennis world to dealing with depression.
Send your questions now and join Seles on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET!
Monica Seles (4:03 PM)
hi , its monica here :)
Gray, Houston, TX
I was wondering if you would ever consider TV commentating? I think you would be great at it!
Monica Seles (4:04 PM)
not for the moment but i do enjoy listening to my friend mary joe fernandez
Dear Monica, would you consider doing a farewell tour or selected tournaments for your many fans to see you just one more time in action? You are a great champion
Monica Seles (4:06 PM)
Kishan, thanks for your email. not for the moment but u never know. my foot is doing better but not sure it could hold up if i played more then a few matches.
How cathartic was it for you to write this book and get this whole story out there?
Monica Seles (4:07 PM)
i enjoyed a lot writing this book as its such a personal story and hopefully i can inspire and motivate people out there who are battling the same problem that i did to take control of it earlier then me.
Hi Monica, what is your opinion of the Federer/Nadal rivalry? How do you think people will rank the rivalry in years to come?
Monica Seles (4:08 PM)
i think the nadal/federer rivalry is great for tennis and their match at wimbledon ranks as one of the best matches that i have seen so far. they seem to bring out the best in each other.
Steve Lima, Ohio
How often do you get out and hit some tennis balls?
Monica Seles (4:09 PM)
whenever i get a chance as it my favorite way now to work out besides walking. im not hitting them as well anymore but at least im still having as much as fun as i did before.
monica give it one more shot please i would do anything to watch you on national tv.
Nick (Los Angeles, CA)
Monica, I have been a fan of your since 1988.Thanks for all the emotions and memories. I would like to know what your best memory is, as a tennis player? Thanks and congrats on your book. I love it!
Monica Seles (4:12 PM)
wow u have been my fan for a long time. thank u!! it means a lot to me. my two best memories are from my first french open win in 1990 and when i came back after my stabbing in Toronto 1995.
Hi Monica, you are an inspiration to me. Would you ever consider hosting "The Biggest Loser"? I think you would be great at it.
Monica Seles (4:13 PM)
thanks :) yes i would as i love watching that show...it changed so many peoples lives
Jonathan (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Can finesse players (on the women's side) succeed in today's game or is power or a mixture too important?
Monica Seles (4:14 PM)
a mixture is the ideal but if i had to chose between the two i would take power.
Monica, how was your overall experience on Dancing with the Stars?
Monica Seles (4:15 PM)
Hi Will, i loved being on Dancing with the Stars even though i didn't do so well. it was so different from anything that i have ever done and also out of my comfort zone but had so much fun learning something new.
what is the name of your charity for abandoned animals ??
Monica Seles (4:16 PM)
the north shore animal league
hey what your favorite sport to watch
Monica Seles (4:17 PM)
tennis, basketball, hockey and football
Juan (Riverside, Ca.)
Monica I thought you were one of the greatest who evr playedI use to watch tennis all the time but lost intrests after you left don't think the game is the same. you will always be missed. Also I thought you looked great on danceing with the stars. you also look great now good luck in life you deserve to be happy.
Monica Seles (4:18 PM)
thanks Juan very much. your email means a lot to me.
Steve Lima, Ohio
Monica, you are the sole reason I started watching tennis, your an inspiration to many. I loved how you always played with passion. There was a time while watching on T.V that your opponets had fear in their eyes during matches with them, did you ever sense that?
Monica Seles (4:21 PM)
very happy to hear that Steve. Hope u still enjoy playing tennis. yes one of my best traits was mental strength and that i could back it up with my groundstrokes. the combination of that won me a lot of titles.
if u could play another sport what would it be
Monica Seles (4:21 PM)
i would of love to have been an ice skater but as I learned on Dancing with the Stars i don't have much talent for music so im happy i picked tennis.
Chris K. Yonkers, NY
Monica, did it bother you when they complained about you "grunting" when you hit? I think the Wimbledon people had some unfair grudge against you about it.
Monica Seles (4:22 PM)
yes it did...especially since i grunted many times against those same players before and nobody complained about it...oh well.
Hayden (( Pittsburgh PA))
Monica, i was wondering what are you favorite sports to play?
Monica Seles (4:23 PM)
besides tennis i love playing basketball
Will (Jacksonville ,NC)
Any plans for a come back?
Monica Seles (4:24 PM)
not for the moment, after many years of trying i offically retired in Feb. of last year since my foot injury never went away.
Monica, what is the best advice that you ever got?
Monica Seles (4:24 PM)
it came from my dad...to treat success and defeat the same way and always enjoy what you do.
Zoran Rochelle Park NJ
HI Monika! It was pleasure watching you.How is your life out of big stage.
Monica Seles (4:26 PM)
thanks Zoran. I still play and teach kids clinics. then i also have a radio show on sirius and my book getting a grip just came out yesterday on which i have been working the past 10 months.
at what age did you start playing tennis?
Monica Seles (4:27 PM)
i first held a racquet in my hand at age 6 but didnt step on an actual tennis court till i was 7 years old.
was it hard to tell everyone your story
Monica Seles (4:28 PM)
not at all Nicole...as i know my story can help other women out there who are going through what i went through...and i hope that comes through in my book.
Monica Seles (4:29 PM)
thanks everyone for writing in...wish i could of answered more questions but have to go to do another interview. thanks for all your support and the very best wishes to all of u.