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THE devastated dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 ex-lover of Steffi Graf Noun 1. Steffi Graf - German tennis player who won seven women's singles titles at Wimbledon (born in 1969)
Graf, Stephanie Graf
 yesterday told of his heartbreak at being dumped by her.

Racing driver racing driver n (BRIT) → corredor(a) m/f de coches

racing driver racing n (Brit) → pilote m de course

 Michael Bartels Michael Bartels (born March 8, 1968 in Plettenberg, Germany) is a professional racing driver. He failed to qualify for 4 Formula One Grands Prix with Lotus. He was the 1985 German karting champion and the 1986 German Formula Ford 1600 champion.  is devastated that she has left him for fellow tennis ace Andre Agassi Andre Kirk Agassi (born April 29 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States who won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in singles. .

Now the Frenchman has vowed to get even with the former Wimbledon champion.

He said: "I'd rather not say what I felt when I heard that she wanted to go down a new path after seven years with me. What I feel is very private."

And he warned Steffi: "When I do think I am able to speak then I will. And I will speak forcefully."

Bartels revealed Steffi's love for Agassi came like a bolt out Verb 1. bolt out - leave suddenly and as if in a hurry; "The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas"; "When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out"
beetle off, run off, run out, bolt
 of the blue.

He said: "I had no idea Steffi and Andre were an item. I had never seen him around and didn't even know they were close friends.

"I suppose I would always have been the last to know, I really never suspected. It's left me stunned."

Bartels added: "It's clear to me now that all the time I was travelling with my racing Steffi and Andre were talking a lot and also writing to each other. The whole thing is really hard to swallow."

Agassi and Graf's love blossomed on the tennis circuit as they travelled the world together playing tournaments and exhibition matches.

The pair somehow managed to keep their relationship hidden from the prying eyes of the gossip columnists.

Graf, who has also dated Manchester-born Simply Red star, Mick Hucknall, recently announced her retirement from tennis. Meanwhile, Agassi regained the World No1 ranking after winning the US Open at Flushing Meadow in August.

Las Vegas-born Agassi, 29, who claims to be a devout Christian married actress Brooke Shields Brooke Christa Camille Shields[1] (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and supermodel. Biography
Shields' career as a model began in the late 1960s as an infant, and she continued as a successful child model throughout the 1970s.
 in 1997 but he divorced the Hollywood star this year after a series of bitter arguments.

Steffi, who won Wimbledon seven times, has now said she wants a "new beginning" to her life - with Agassi.

She said: "I believe I can fly now. My friend Michael is no longer around but we experienced a lot together.

"Now we have parted we must both go our own way. I am now looking forward to spending time with Andre."

The first clues about the pair's romance emerged in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 in early August when Steffi stole in to watch Andre's epic US Open victory over Todd Martin.

Hours later, the American took her out for a meal to celebrate, fuelling speculation that they had finally become an official item.

Graf's father, Peter, recently spoke of his sadness over his daughter's break-up.

He said: "As a racing driver, Michael had many temptations. But he never succumbed. He was a very honourable guy. I'm very sad they've split up after seven years."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 1, 1999
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