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Wimbledon Top 10: What happened next

Ivan Lendl watches Andy Murray during his third round match on Centre Court.
by Mark Hodgkinson
Friday 5 July 2013

Is there life after tennis? Wimbledon.com brings you today's top 10. 

1. Monica Seles, a former finalist, became an author. She has written a novel for teenagers, which, according to a spokesman, "is set in a boarding school where the rich and famous send their kids to fulfill their own vicarious dreams or the kids' sometimes delusional aspirations." A previous book, a memoir called 'Getting a Grip', was described as "a self-help manual and a sports autobiography, a misery memoir and the best kind of diet book (one that does not tell you what to eat, but how to live)".

2. Ivan Lendl's obsession with golf (though coaching Andy Murray probably means he can't play quite as often these days). "My attitude was to see how good I could get. It's an exaggeration to say I was playing 300 rounds a year – it was more like 250 rounds. Golf gave me something that tennis couldn't give me any more. I need to compete. I have been trained to compete all my life and I couldn't just walk away from that. I would have bitten my dog."

3. Marat Safin was elected as a politician. Or, as the former world No.1 put it, he became "the best-looking guy in the Duma – but that's only because all the other guys are more than 60. I'm in completely new shoes. This is a completely new life, a new way of thinking, new way of doing things that's nothing to do with tennis or sports at all. But the two things definitely have one thing in common and that is that you need to have character. You have to be strong and you have to know where you're going, what you want to do, and you have to be able to make sacrifices. I will be working for the next five years, day after day, sitting in an office, wearing a suit. I will have good days, bad days and I will have to fight once again like I've been fighting on the court. It will be complicated."

4. Andrea Jaeger, a former world No.2, became a nun, Sister Andrea. "It's a strict discipline. I wake at 4am, do my prayers and my spiritual study, then I start work around 5am or 6am. How often I wear nun's habits depends on what I'm doing – they get dirty pretty fast. I keep getting the robes stuck in buses and escalators. Once I jumped in a cab and left half of it outside the door. The first time I wore one, at a conference in New York, a bird went to the bathroom on me. I thought that was God's way of saying, 'maybe it's OK to be a little muddy on the edges – you're the one who used to dive for balls on the tennis court'." The first person to hear of Jaeger's plans was the former supermodel Cindy Crawford who called her friend's life change "pretty radical".

5. Vere Goold, a former Wimbledon finalist, committed what became known as The Monte Carlo Trunk Murder. Vere Thomas St Leger Goold was an Irish aristocrat, an alcoholic, an opium addict, a slow payer of his gambling debts, an all-round "degenerate" and the 1879 Wimbledon finalist, and in the summer of 1907 he was arrested at Marseilles railway station after the discovery of a woman's body in his luggage. The legs were inside a valise, the head was in Goold's wife's hat-box, and the intestines would later be discovered somewhere along the Cote d'Azur near Monte Carlo, hanging from an iron stake. This did not sit easily with Goold's wish to be seen as a gentleman. He and his wife were convicted of murder in a Monte Carlo courtroom, and he later killed himself on the penal colony known as 'Devil's Island'. 

6. Roscoe Tanner excelled on a grass court, reaching a Wimbledon final. But, in the words of Sports Illustrated magazine, the American's post-tennis career was "a spectacular flame-out". In part, that has been because of his fondness for women, cocaine, gambling and alcohol. But Tanner also didn't help himself when he bought a 32-foot yacht with a dud cheque and then used the boat to obtain a loan, and he ended up spending time in German and American prisons. 

7. Alice Marble, a former Wimbledon champion, was shot while spying on her lover. Widowed after her airman husband was shot down and killed during the Second World War, Marble accepted the request from American intelligence to spy on a former lover. Marble made contact again with 'Hans', a Swiss banker who was helping the Nazis to hide the gold, art and other materials that had been looted from across occupied Europe. Marble was shot in the back by a double agent as the mission had been infiltrated by the Russians. However, she survived and was later given reason to believe that the information she had provided was used at Nuremberg.

8. Vijay Amritraj has some acting credits, with appearances in Star Trek and a Bond movie. While the Indian has other film credits, such as an appearance in Star Trek IV, he is best known for his role in Octopussy as a MI6 agent, Vijay.

9. Martina Navratilova, a nine-times singles champion at the All England Club, collaborated on three mystery novels about the women's tour, called The Total Zone, Breaking Point and Killer Instinct. The books had mixed reviews.

10. Bill Tilden, a former champion, was twice imprisoned. He served seven months after he was caught engaging in a sexual act with a male prostitute on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, and three years later he violated his parole by picking up and groping a hitchhiker. 

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