Skip to comments.Former tennis star focuses on serving God, helping kids (Andrea Jaeger)
Posted on 03/09/2007 10:04:54 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo
The waist-length pigtails are gone, replaced by a layer of dusty blonde hair so short it doesn't need a brush. Those '80s tennis skirts are history, too. In their place, a black nun's habit belted with a band of white rope that her dogs like to chew. One constant: Sister Andrea Jaeger isn't quite who everyone might think she is.
Even when she was a teenage tennis star all backhands and braces she knew she wouldn't last long in that world, though hers was not a typical tale of burnout or overbearing parents. She succumbed to an injury early. When it took her off the court for good, she felt a sense of relief, because it allowed her to pursue her real passion helping children.
Through all that, she built a profound relationship with God, one that gave her direction at first, then the strength and motivation to navigate the good and bad times that came later.
A few months ago, at age 41, Jaeger became a Dominican nun the next, but not final, step on a journey hardly anyone could have envisioned in the '80s while she was perfunctorily dispatching women twice her age on the tennis court en route to No. 2 in the world.
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It is difficult to buy the tale that she purposefully lost some matches against the likes of Navritovola, so that she wouldn't be ranked number one.