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Monica Seles Won Her First Grandslam at 16 and Was Stabbed During a Match; Here's Her Net Worth

According to Tennis Channel, she was ranked at 19 in the 2012 list of the "100 Greatest Tennis Players"
Cover Image Source: Monica Seles of the United States | Photo by Rich Schultz | Getty Images
Cover Image Source: Monica Seles of the United States | Photo by Rich Schultz | Getty Images
Name Monica Seles
Net Worth $50 million
Gender Female
Date of Birth Dec 2, 1973 
Age 50 years
Nationality American
Profession Tennis Player

Remembered for winning seven out of eight major singles finals before turning 20 and achieving the world No. 1 spot at the age of 18, Monica Seles, a retired Yugoslav-American professional tennis player, has amassed a net worth of $50 million. In 1991, she gained the top spot among female tennis players, years after she won the French Open at the age of 16. In her tennis career, She earned around $15 million in prize money alone, and retired from professional tennis in 2008, leaving behind a remarkable legacy in the sport. 


Tennis has been the main source of income for Monica Seles apart from endorsement deals with brands such as Nike and Fila. In 1988, at just 14, Seles played her first professional tournament as an amateur. She turned pro in February 1989 and won her debut title in Houston in May. By June, she reached the French Open semi-finals but lost to Steffi Graf.

The next year, Seles went on a remarkable 36-match winning streak, clinching six consecutive tournament victories, including her first Grand Slam singles title at the 1990 French Open. In the final, she defeated Graf, becoming the youngest-ever French Open singles champion at the age of 16.

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In 1991, she won the Australian Open and defended her French Open title, securing the world no.1 ranking. She returned to the US Open and won the third Grand Slam title of the year. By year-end, she had won 10 of the 16 tournaments she participated in.

In 1992, Seles defended her titles at the Australian, French, and US Open. Despite reaching the Wimbledon final, she lost to Graf. Regardless, she finished the year as the world no.1 player.

Image Source: Monica Seles of the United States talks during a press conference on day 4 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore | Photo by Clive Brunskill | Getty Images
Monica Seles of the United States talks during a press conference | Photo by Clive Brunskill | Getty Images

In 1993, Seles, then the top-ranked player, won the Australian Open and the Virginia Slims of Chicago. Tragedy struck in April when, during a match in Hamburg, Germany, an obsessed fan of Steffi Graf, Gunter Parche, stabbed her between the shoulder blades. While physically recovering in weeks, the emotional toll led to a two-year break from competitive tennis.

The incident led to heightened security at tennis events. Seles returned in 1995, won the Canadian Open, and reached the U.S. Open final. Despite facing challenges, she secured her last Grand Slam title at the 1996 Australian Open. After retiring officially in 2008, she was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009.

Image Source: Monica Seles attends the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tennis on The Thames evening reception at OXO2 on June 28, 2018 in London, England. The event was held to honour the powerful imprint female sporting legends and rising stars have made on the world, both on and off the tennis court | Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips | Getty Images for WTA
Image Source: Monica Seles attends the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) | Photo by John Phillips | Getty Images
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Seles was born on December 2, 1973, in Yugoslavia, and brought up in an ethnic Hungarian family. She acquired American citizenship in 1994 and obtained Hungarian citizenship in 2007.

In 2009, she released her memoir, "Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, MySelf," where she candidly shares her battles with depression, binge eating disorder, and more. In 2015, she worked as a spokesperson for Shire Pharmaceuticals, promoting the first drug approved to treat binge eating disorder.

In 2009, Seles began dating Tom Golisano, a businessman. The couple announced their engagement in 2014 and exchanged vows soon.

Image Source:  Monica Seles attends Citi Taste Of Tennis Miami 2022 at the JW Marriott Miami | Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images
Monica Seles attends Citi Taste Of Tennis Miami 2022 | Photo by Jason Koerner | Getty Images

What is Monica Seles' net worth?

As of 2023, Monica Seles' net worth is $50 million.

How old is Monica Seles now?

Monica Seles is now 50 years old. 

How many Grand Slam titles does Monica Seles have?

In her tennis career, Monica Seles has won 9 Grand Slam titles.