Monica Seles, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro: Fans Dissect the Biggest ‘What Ifs’ Of Tennis

Published 02/04/2024, 7:24 AM EST

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The world of tennis brings countless moments of action, suspense, glory, and upset, and puts a lot more emotions on the line. Just like every tennis fan has one or two names to be tagged as favorites, there are moments that everyone might wish would never have happened. Like Monica Seles’ stabbing in 1993 or injuries affecting Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro.

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Social media has been a hub of discussions for fans lately,  with a ‘what if’ query gaining highly entertaining responses. Sports games are moments of chance that turn the tide in an instant. So, what if?

What if Rafa could have won more than 25 Grand Slams? Could Monica Seles have become the GOAT?

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Who hasn’t witnessed a tennis scenario that they wished had a different outcome? What if Emma Raducanu hadn’t won the 2021 US Open? Or Nadal against Federer at the 2008 Wimbledon? A recent social media asks fans, “What is the biggest ‘What If’ in Tennis? Can a specific match, tournament or player etc.”

As the trail of comments started and fans began recapitulating the incidents in the back of their head, a comment reminded fans of one of the darkest moments in the world of tennis. “If Monica Seles never got stabbed, she’d be hailed as the greatest player of all time (no debate),” the comment said.

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Rafael Nadal‘s withdrawal from his position has always had a deep impact on the tennis circuit. A fan, remembering the series of injuries that the tennis star has incurred so far, wrote, “What if Nadal was relatively injury free? It’s the biggest ‘what if’ in tennis. He’d be on 27/28 grand slams right now.”

Many remembered Juan Martin del Potro, whose knee injury derailed a once successful career, “What if Del Potro didn’t get as injured? He’d have won more slams.”

Andy Murray‘s diminished form has been a disappointment for many fans out there. A comment, mentioning the hurting sentiments behind the injuries that stopped him from achieving the greatest feats, said, “What if Murray hadn’t been injured at important milestones in his career – 2013 and 2017.”

Mentioning a rare moment in the tennis scenario, a fan wrote, “The rain hadn’t interrupted the Wimbledon semi-final between Tim Henman and Goran Ivanisevic in 2001, resulting in the match taking place over three days and in the end victory for Goran in a match Tim was dominating ahead of the first (of many) delays.”

A Nadal fan again came forward, wondering what if Rafa was all well and didn’t have to miss the events that he had to, wrote, “What if Rafa didn’t miss FIFTEEN Grand Slams…”

With these and several other comments mentioning events that the fans wish would not have happened, the post became a major hit as it captured the true essence of their thoughts.

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The dark story behind Monica Seles’s stabbing

​While every other incident stands to be a common one, the Monica Seles stabbing case stands to be the one that needs an explanation. On April 30, 1993, the crowd present at Hamburg’s Citizen Cup witnessed a shocking incident that stupefied the world of tennis. During a match between Monica Seles and Magdalena Maleeva, a man named Gunter Parche walked onto the court with a boning knife.

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Parche, a die-hard fan of German star Steffi Graf,  plunged the knife between Seles’s shoulder blades. While he was taken into custody later by the police, he admitted that he wanted to “hurt Seles so much that she couldn’t play tennis for a long time,” on being questioned. As the incident came out to be something that has a very rare chance of happening, it surely deserves a top spot in the list of ‘what ifs’ of the tennis world.

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Akshay Kapoor

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Born into a family that practically breathes tennis, I spent my early childhood days huddled together with my loved ones, watching the electrifying rallies of the legendary Rafael Nadal. Such a unique experience forged a lifelong love for the sport in me. Before joining EssentiallySports, I honed my skills while working for a regional website, covering a variety of sports.
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Arunima Bhanot

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