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Monica Seles Shares her Tennis Skills with Special Olympics Players

February 12, 2014

Former World Number 1 tennis star Monica Seles and Special Olympics players learn from each other on Hungarian Tennis Day

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Hungarian Tennis Day

Special Olympics tennis athletes in Hungary learnt from the best, former world number 1 Monica Seles, on Hungarian Tennis Day which was organised by the Hungarian Tennis Association. The Hungarian Tennis Association invited Special Olympics Hungary athletes to participate in this exciting event alongside hundreds of Play and Stay tennis children. Guest of Honour Monica Seles travelled to Hungary from her home in Florida to show her commitment to the very popular Play and Stay School Program by the Hungarian Tennis Association. As part of the Hungarian Tennis Association, Hungarian Special Olympics players have enjoyed the HTA's Play and Stay Program to learn tennis for the past three years.

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Popularity of tennis set to increase

Special Olympics Hungary and the Hungarian Tennis Association signed a formal agreement in September 2013 with the aim of increasing the popularity of Special Olympics tennis through joint initiatives and programs such as Hungarian Tennis Day.

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Tennis Legends

Hungary has a long and proud tradition in the sport of tennis.  Legendary Hungarian tennis stars from the last 20 years also took part in the special skills session for athletes including Agnes Szavay (WTA No.13, 2008) who is the Ambassador for Hungarian Special Olympics tennis, Andrea Temesvári (WTA No.7, 1984), Petra Mandula (WTA No.30, 2004), Aniko Kapros (WTA No.44, 2004), Zsofia Gubacsi (WTA No.76, 2002) and Petra Gáspár (WTA No.165, 2002).


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Monica Seles who was born in Serbia to Hungarian parents is a hugely popular sporting legend in Hungary.  She received Hungarian citizenship in 2007 and was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time Magazine in 2011. Hungarian Tennis Day was a successful and truly inspirational event for Special Olympics athletes and their families and for Special Olympics tennis.  Monica Seles gave a commitment to continue her support of Special Olympics Hungary through the Hungarian Tennis Association.

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