Steffi Graf’s life after retiring from tennis is filled with family time and social work
After retiring from a fulfilling career as a professional tennis player in 1999, Steffi Graf has moved on to other fulfilling aspects of her life; marriage, children, and social development work with child survivors from war-torn regions around the world. After winning the French Open title together in 1999, Steffi Graf and fellow tennis player, Andre Agassi began dating, and soon married in 2001. They recently celebrated their 12th marriage anniversary, and are parents to two children, 11-year-old Jaden, and 9-year-old Jaz. Although both Graf and Agassi do not play tennis in a professional capacity, they do play a number of exhibition matches and matches for charity together. Rather than sit back and enjoy the well-earned fruits of retirement after a successful 18-year-old career, Graf has chosen to continue working, albeit in a different capacity. Her charity, “Children for Tomorrow”, is dedicated towards facilitating rescue, rehabilitation, and education for children affected or impacted by war in Kosovo and other parts of the world. Graf has been directly involved with the running of her charity, and is often spotted at fundraising events for the charity. She makes it a point to consistently visit, and personally monitor the progress of various educational programmes and projects, which are aimed at harnessing the potential of young survivors, and ensures that they have everything they require in order to become educated and productive citizens of the future. Graf has also lent support to other charities and campaigns, most recently towards the cause of raising awareness on and showing solidarity with those who have been suffering from breast cancer. Tweeting, writing, and posting online, Graf has expressed solidarity with survivors of breast cancer, and their families, stating, “the topic of breast cancer – not only in October but every month – is a particular concern as we both have close family members who were affected by the disease”. She has gone on to state, “In our family we support in different ways for example, the players on my son’s baseball team wear pink t-shirts and socks. Our community holds many charity runs with participants wearing pink outfits, bakeries sell pink cupcakes and many buildings are lit up in pink. Even my racquet has committed by wearing a pink grip.” Graf also uses her popularity to promote young and upcoming tennis players. She offers coaching and advice to young players at various tennis training academies and is known for providing free coaching to underprivileged players with potential. It is admirable to note that while Graf is no longer part of the professional tennis circuit, she is still involved with it via her training efforts and charity matches, which she professes to enjoy. From attaining peace and joy on the home front with her supportive husband who actively works with her at her charity, to being compassionate about the needs of others, be it child survivors of war or survivors of cancer, Steffi Graf is an example of a woman who is successful both at home, and at work.