I decided that I want to live the rest of my life happy with what I'm doing. So when I play tennis again, I have to play it for the right reason. I don't want to play to get my No. 1 ranking back. I don't want to play for the attention, or to earn more. I don't even want to play because the world wants to see me do it, even though it's nice to know that the world is interested. I only want to play because I love the game, which is the reason I began to play at age seven in the first place.
Monica Seles (b. 1973), Yugoslavian tennis player; relocated to America. As quoted in Tennis magazine, p. 42 (March 1994).
The former top-ranked woman singles tennis player in the world, she was reflecting on decisions she had made in her year off from competing. She was recovering, physically and psychologically, from being stabbed a year earlier by Gunther Parche, a deranged fan of rival player Steffi Graf. At the time of the attack, Graf had been second-ranked; with Seles out of competition, she rose to number one, which had been Parche's goal.