25 years after Sabatini’s retirement as a professional


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25 years after Sabatini's retirement as a professional

On November 18, 1996, Gabriela Sabatini was the star of the Women’s Masters that was played at Madison Square Garden New York despite not playing any games. The best Argentine tennis player in history had announced her retirement days before, at the age of 26.

Just over 25 years after her last game, the South American country continues to admire and keep in mind the now businesswoman, considered an emblem of national sport. Argentina, who retired in October 1996 at age 26, was honored with a video of pure emotion for all those present.

He received offerings from his colleagues and rivals: Monica Seles gave him chocolates and Steffi Graf roses. “It is very difficult to explain what I feel at the moment and everything has been very exciting although I have tried to enjoy it to the fullest, because I think it reflects a beautiful reality in my life”Sabatini said at a press conference.

Then he had words of gratitude for all those who had helped and supported him in his life and professional career, especially for his parents and relatives, present at the ceremony. “Thanks to my parents for the understanding and the great affection that they always offered me in the moments of triumph, but especially in the most difficult, when things did not go well for me,” said Sabatini.

Sabatini won the United States Open in 1990 and the Masters in 1988 and 1994. She was also runner-up at Wimbledon 1991 and the 1988 US Open. In 1988 she also won the silver medal at the Seoul Olympics and the Wimbledon doubles tournament, alongside Graf.

In total she obtained 27 singles and 12 doubles titles, in 2006 she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and in 2019 he won the Philippe Chatrier, the most important award given by the ITF.

Her last game was on October 15, 1996, when she lost to Jennifer Capriati in Zurich. “My last tournament was in Zurich against Capriati, nobody knew I was going to leave, there it was twenty-something of the world. The game ended and I mentioned it to some people, including the director of the WTA and they all froze, they couldn’t believe it, “he later said.

Nine days after his last game, he announced his retirement with a press conference at Madison Square Garden. “Before, I was looking at the clock all the time, thinking that I had to go to eat early so as not to go to bed late. When I stopped playing tennis, I felt that it took all that pressure off me. It was a release,” he said recently.

Despite the fact that their last game was just over 25 years ago, in Argentina they still have the best tennis player in the history of the South American country very much in mind. Last year She was declared an Illustrious Citizen by the Buenos Aires Legislature.


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