Andrea Jaeger

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  1. Benhur

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    Some clips of Andrea Jaeger, now a Dominican nun. Such a sweet kid she was. Hard to believe her own father locked her out of the appartment they were staying in at Wimbledon (right on the night before her first and only Wimbledon final against Navratilova) over some argument about potato chips, according to SI. She had just turned 18. Her father must have been about 5, but somehow stronger. Jaeger went to Navratilova’s appartment to beg her to convince her father to let her back in the appartment, and Martina didn’t feel too thrilled about having her preparations interrupted. Jaeger later claimed she felt so unsettled the next day she kind of threw the match away.

    Here she is playing Tracy Austin at the Eastbourne final in 1981
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7OWGVWZUvk

    Against Navratilova at the 1982 FO final
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz2kDp7OhY0

    16th birthday, with Mandlikova and others
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odkYmRziVsw

    On the Late Night Show with David Letterman in 1983
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibJqr1-UOt4

    Sister Andrea Jaeger, ESPN Feature
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNwu0Of-ThY
     
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    People love to hypothesize the woulda/coulda's of Seles' and Austin's career. I am more intrigued by Jaeger. She had tons of talent, hit a sweet and acccurate bal a la Hingis, and had more gift and variety than either Austin or Seles. I do wonder what might have become of Evert and Navratilova's 18 major had she gotten physically stronger and better coaching. I don't see her as number 1 material per se, but I do see her winning enough on any surface to be a threat at many a major with a total between 4-6.
     
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    Story about her father doesn't surprise me. I used to consult at a rest home for retired nuns and many of them described having overly harsh and abusive fathers. Things like that sometimes lead to a search for a more benevolent father figure, such as The Lord
     
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    Interesting insight.
     
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    She didn't want to be a champion. I remember reading an interview she gave where she said she tanked many of the big matches of her career because she didn't want to win. It wasn't just the Navratilova match, she didn't want to be a champion. Give her all the coaching you want to.. i thinkshe really didn't want to be a tennis star and her passion lied elsewhere. I'm glad she left the tennis world and pursued her dream rather then letting a seemingly tyrannical father run her life.
     
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    She's great. This is a nice surprise. I have been considering joining the third order Dominicans.

    The tyrannical father syndrome is endemic to girls tennis, and not just at the pro level. Recall Capriati's father? Amazing stuff. A lot of parents live vicariously through their kids, something to avoid at all cost.
     
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    I agree.Jaeger was a mistery and, of course, probably the most inteligent and articulate tennis player of the open era, along BJK
     
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    If we consider just open era, the best way to describe Andrea is:

    The most gifted woman player who didn´t win a Slam title.Only Kournikova gets close.
     
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    No way. That particular distinction (if that's the right word) goes to Helena Sukova who made 4 Slam finals, 2 at the AO and 2 at the USO. Jaeger made 1 each at the FO and Wimbledon. Kournikova made none at all!
     
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    I was also thinking of her.But Jaeger played a more competitive era and was a better player
     
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    She was a lot nicer looking at 16, that is for sure...
     
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    She is an incredibly beautiful human being.

    SHE walks the walk.
     
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    Hey, we will have nun of that
     
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    Andrea Jaeger is GOATesque! Salute! No pun intended, none whatsoever, nada, zit, finito!;)
     
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    Well, Andrea wasn´t a beauty but a fresh, nice teen and she was my second favourite player of the 80´s.As her path has indicated and Dedans well said, she is a very nice human being and she was already like that at 15 ( that doesn´t mean she was not a nervous, eager to win teenager )
     
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    Navratilova wasn't too thrilled because Jaeger made some unwelcome and unreciprocated advances. I thought it was common knowledge.:neutral:
     
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    She lives in our area now. She played in a practice mixed match at our club recently with two of our pros (5.5s) and is playing great. She played in 2 solid local tournaments in the past couple months but didn't have a good enough partner imo and didn't win either. I haven't met her or played with her yet but everyone says she is really nice.
     
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    What happened to her older sister, Suzy, herself a short time pro? If memory serves well, she didn´t last too long as a pro, nor that her younger sister stayed so much...

    BTW, Jaeger is quite a germanic name.I think her dad was from germanic roots.
     
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  23. chandler bing

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    Suzy was married to former player Scott Davis.
     
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    We should be calling her Saint Yaeger.......
     
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    If she had basalt in the ultra II she could have gone even further.
     
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    is that the monkey from the Planet of the Apes movie ?
     
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    she was and is very refreshing.

    she's the real deal, a solid human in every sense.
     
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    1979/80 was uncredibly exciting with the oncoming teens,it really was teenland:
    Jaeger,Austin,Mandlikova,Jordan,Bunge and Shriver
    5 years later,however Evertilova dominated at will except when someone upstairs ordered Hana to play seriously
     
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