Friday, August 13, 1999 Published at 14:09 GMT 15:09 UK
Graf bows out
Steffi Graf powers her way to victory in the French Open
Steffi Graf has announced her immediate retirement from tennis.
She made the decision public at a news conference in her home town of Heidelberg on Friday.
"I have no regrets because I have the feeling I have achieved everything I could."
The 30-year-old German star won 22 Grand Slam titles in an illustrious career that also included 100 victories on the WTA Tour.
But Graf has suffered from a series of injuries in recent seasons and it was widely rumoured she would retire at the end of the 1999 tour.
In July, it was reported that she had eventually ended speculation by saying "this will be my last season", although she later denied that she had made the comment.
Graf's decision to back out of tennis with immediate effect has come as a shock to the tennis world.
At the time, she announced that she would not be returning to defend her title.
Graf also said she would not compete again at Wimbledon - where she has won seven times - after losing this year's singles final to American Lindsay Davenport.
She later said she had made "a mistake", fuelling hope among her legions of fans that she would soldier on for another season.
Graf, currently ranked third in the world, had reportedly hoped to sign off with a final Grand Slam attempt at the US Open in September.
But she was forced to withdraw from a minor Californian tournament in early August with a calf injury, which effectively ended her career.