Former world no. 3 Gabriela Sabatini offered her condolences on her coach Dennis Ralston's death. Sabatini said a lot about the dedication and passion of Dennis Ralston on the tennis court.
Gabriela Sabatini's emotional message
Through a tweet, Sabatini said, "So sad to hear the passing of Dennis Ralston, great full to have received his knowledge, dedication, and passion on the tennis court.
But most of the integrity and great values as a person." Gabriela Sabatini also said, "My condolences and all my love to his family." Sabatini posted a picture of hers and Ralston working together along with her message.
Sabatini was among Chris Evert, Roscoe Tanner, and Yannick Noah who were coached by Ralston. The Hall of Famer was an excellent player and an equally exceptional coach. Although Ralston's singles career is discussed at length, his biggest successes came on the doubles court.
Earlier, Evert, too, had offered her message to Ralston's family after the 78-year-old's passing. American tennis legend Billie Jean King, too, tweeted her condolences on Ralston's death. "Tennis legend Dennis Ralston, friend and fellow player from Southern California, has passed away following a brave fight against cancer.
Sending our love and deepest condolences to his wife Linda and the rest of his family." The International Tennis Hall of Fame also posted a message on Twitter. "As a 5-time major doubles champion, Davis Cup great, and coach to Grand Slam champions, collegiate teams, and club players, Dennis Ralston made a lasting impact on all levels of our sport and its history.
Our condolences to Dennis' family & many friends." In her career, the Argentine won 41 titles including a Major at the 1990 US Open. She also reached the finals of the 1991 Wimbledon. She also reached the semi-finals of the Australian and French Opens nine times in total.
Sabatini also won the WTA Finals twice in her career, in 1988 and 1994. In doubles, she won the 1988 Wimbledon teaming up with Steffi Graf. That year, Sabatini won the silver medal to Graf's gold at the Seoul Olympics. Sabatini also reached the French Open women's doubles finals three times, in 1986, 1987, and in 1989.
As in singles, Sabatini reached a career-high of no. 3 in the world, in doubles, too. Sabatini retired from the sport in 1995. Almost nine years later, in 2006, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.