Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
3 minute read
23 Mar 2020
8:13 am

Women in Sport: The Little Assassin who chose the quiet life

Wesley Botton

Amanda Coetzer was in the spotlight for years as one of SA's few world-class tennis exponents. Then she essentially disappeared.

Amanda Coetzer of South Africa returns a shot to Gabriela Lastra during the US Open on August 25, 2003 at the USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, in Flushing, New York. Coetzer won 6-0, 6-2. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

There was a time when Amanda Coetzer was a household name in her home country, and though she has since opted to recede from the limelight, there is good reason she remains one of South Africa’s most iconic sport stars. Now 48, Coetzer announced in 2008 that she would not be conducting further media interviews, opting to focus on her personal life after marrying Israeli billionaire film producer Arnon Milchan. “I have decided to shy away from media attention,” Coetzer said. “For 15 years the media owned me and I gave them all the co-operation they required. Now I need...