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Immigrants Of The Week: Stefi Graf, Greg Norman, and Franklin Chang-Diaz

by Greg Siskind

IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: STEFI GRAF - TENNIS GREAT

Graf3 As I'm watching this morning's Wimbledon men's championship match between Roger Federer and Rafal Nadal, I thought it would be appropriate to honor one who won the tournament many times. Federer is going for his sixth title (though he's just lost the first set). That would be an amazing feat and he would break Bjorn Borg's record of five straight titles.

It's hard to believe that it's been nine years since German-born Stefi Graf was in Wimbledon finals. She won seven times and had a total of 107 tournament wins in her career, ranking her third behind legends Martina Navratilova (who I honored last year) and Chris Evert. Graf married tennis great Andre Agassi and the two have lived for many years in Agassi's hometown of Las  Vegas, Nevada. They have two children and have been active in charity work for the last several years.

Here's a clip from the 1999 Wimbledon match between Graf and a young Venus Williams who yesterday won the 2008 ladies championship. The match is considered one of the best in recent history.