Tuesday, July 13, 1999

Graf says she may retire at year's end

The Associated Press

        NEWARK, N.J. — Steffi Graf probably will retire from the women's tennis tour at the end of the year, ending a career highlighted by seven Wimbledon championships and 22 Grand Slam titles.

        Graf, 30, will play in a couple of events next year, but her days of playing the Grand Slam circuit are probably over, she said.

        Graf didn't say specifically why she was leaving the tour, but she noted that over the past three years injuries have had her on the verge of retiring several times. Traveling, the demands on her time and not having as much fun playing in tournaments also were factors, she said.

        “There are a lot of times I have come very close to making this decision and I feel fortunate I have been able to do it on my own terms,” Graf said, “and not being pushed by anything.


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