On This Day: April 30

A dark day for tennis and a milestone for televised sports. We take a look at two significant moments that helped make the 30th of April a memorable day in sporting history.

Crazed Steffi Graf fan attacks Monica Seles

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Certainly one of the most infamous moments in tennis – and indeed sporting – history.

On this day in 1993, a deranged German fan of tennis legend Steffi Graf decided to take matters into his own hands.

Frustrated by young Yugoslavian/American upstart Monica Seles’ newfound success which had seen her overtake Graf at the top of the world rankings, the obsessive fan walked up behind Seles on court during a match in Hamburg and stabbed her between the shoulder blades.

Though her injury healed quickly, the mental scars did not. Seles did not return to tennis for two years, managing to add just one more Grand Slam victory to the nine she had achieved prior to the incident.

The FA Cup is televised

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On this day in 1938, a match between Preston North End and Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium became the first FA Cup final to be shown on television.

Preston, losing finalists the previous year, won by a single goal.

Sporting Birthdays

1918 – W Donald McNeill, American tennis player (1940 US Open champion)
1927 – Lars Hall, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold medallist 1952)
1946 – Donald Schollander, American swimmer (four-time Olympic gold medallist 1964)
1959 – Lauren Howe, American LPGA golfer
1987 – Rohit Sharma, Indian cricket player

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