Wimbledon winner had brilliant response to fan who asked her to marry him

Wimbledon legend Steffi Graf had an answer for everything during her stellar career – even marriage proposals during matches.

Graf, 53, won 22 Grand Slam titles, leaving her third on the all-time list behind Margaret Court and Serena Williams. And seven of those titles came at SW19, the last of which in 1996 when she beat Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the final.

But it was in her semi final that year where she had to tackle a tough question, and not from opponent Kimiko Date. Instead, it was an anonymous male fan in the crowd who tried his luck with a speculative request whilst Graf was recovering between points.

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"Steffi, will you marry me?" came the cry from the stands. But rather than be flummoxed by the sudden proposal, the German star paused briefly before responding with a blunt question.

"How much money do you have?" she asked back, prompting roars of laughter from the stands. The moment soon went viral, and remains one of the most comical in Wimbledon history.

Being a consummate professional, Graf didn't allow the incident to derail her concentration. She eventually came through a tough contest 6-2 2-6 6-3, before beating her Spanish rival 6-3 7-5 in the final.

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Unfortunately for the love-struck fan, he clearly didn't have enough money, and Graf went on to marry fellow tennis star Andre Agassi in 2001. The pair have since had a son and a daughter, but despite them undoubtedly having enviable tennis genes, their parents have not pushed them into the sport.

Agassi himself enjoyed a phenomenal career, and like his wife completed a career Grand Slam. However, he couldn't match her haul of major titles, winning eight, including Wimbledon in 1992.

This year's Championships start on Monday, with world No 1 Iga Swiatek the favourite to take the women's crown. In the men's event, Novak Djokovic is top seed as he bids to retain his 2021 title.


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