Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seles Receives Scare from Fan Autograph Seeker Startles Player

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seles Receives Scare from Fan Autograph Seeker Startles Player

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PERTH, Australia -- Monica Seles, still frightened since being stabbed in the back by an obsessed fan in Germany in 1993, got another scare yesterday.

This time, there were no injuries, only an autograph.

Seles was startled by an autograph seeker who approached her from behind at the Hopman Cup.

She was sitting courtside after her mixed-doubles match between the United States and Russia when a middle-aged man tapped her on the shoulder trying to get her signature.

Seles apparently was surprised by the man and immediately grabbed playing partner Jan-Michael Gambill, who escorted her from the area.

Security officials at the venue, the Burswood Dome, removed the man from the area, but no action was taken against him.

Tournament director Paul McNamee, a former player, would not comment on security at the event. McNamee said he had spoken to Seles and she had not complained about the incident.

He also said Seles had later signed the autograph for the man and had left the arena in good spirits. …

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