Roland Garros Re-Lived 1992: Seles vs. Graf - The greatest final but a bittersweet rivalry

Monica Seles’ 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 victory over Steffi Graf in 1992 is widely considered to be the best Roland Garros final of all time.

Catherine, David and Matt explain how they felt while watching it and discuss some of the reasons why it was so special.

We also hear from Graf’s coach at the time, Heinz Günthardt, who offers insight into why Seles caused Graf so many problems, especially on clay.

New York Times journalist Christopher Clarey explains where the match ranks among the best he’s ever witnessed, and discusses the tragic interruption to their rivalry when Seles was stabbed in 1993.

How did that incident change Seles as a person forever? In what way did it bind Graf and Seles together in a unique way? And how did it alter the course of tennis history?

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, featuring Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.


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We are producing daily shows throughout the original Roland Garros dates, looking back on 15 classic matches and stories from the tournament’s history. You can watch the 1992 final between Steffi Graf and Monica Seles in full on YouTube. Tomorrow we will be going back to Gustavo Kuerten’s first title in 1997. His final against Sergi Bruguera is also available on YouTube. We will also be doing editions for Wimbledon.


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