So a generation later: A plain man is finally prepared for the complexities in his bewildering new life as the father of a daughter gifted beyond all others in a game she adores. These two treasure their relationship with each other and with the rest of the family. Three years ago Steffi was asked what was her fondest wish. She said, "To live all the life long, but with my whole family, please."
The wish hasn't changed. "It doesn't come clear when you're young," says Graf now. "The fights with the brother, when he steals your coat or the other way around. The cleaning the room. The trips away from home. The coaching. My father had a difficult time separating being a coach and a father. But when you get out into the world, get into difficulty, learn about life, see other families not giving or caring, you realize how important your own is.
"To live in a family that really works, to be part of one that is always there for you, and you for them, that does everything for each other—I think that is very rare and very special."