JOURNAL - FAIR PLAY

Random Acts of Violence


2019/07/24 - Monocle Journal

On the 30th of April 1993, tennis fans watched in anticipation a quarterfinal match between US tennis champion Monica Seles and Bulgaria’s Magdalena Maleeva. The match formed part of the Citizen Cup, a German tournament in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 1993 Tour, and it took place at Am Rothenbaum tennis courts in Hamburg. Everyone expected an easy win for Seles, who was ranked No.1 in the world, having won the French Open and the US Open the previous year, and the Australian Open in January. Still fairly early in her tennis career, Maleeva’s highest sporting achievement at this point had been making it to the quarterfinals of the US Open the year before, which she lost to her elder sister. However, despite the disparity between the players, the match was nonetheless of great importance to spectators who knew that if Seles won the match, she would face off against her greatest rival, Germany’s Steffi Graf, later in the tournament.