Ready for the next generation: Seles sells home to parents of junior tennis champ


Retired grand-slam tennis champion Monica Seles has sold her home in Sarasota's Laurel Oak Country Club at $1,435,000 to the parents of a rising junior tennis star.

The home of tennis Hall of Famer Monica Seles in Sarasota's Laurel Oak Country Club. The 1.7-acre estate, with 5,800-square-foot main house and lighted tennis court has just come on the market at $ 1.85 million. Staff photo / Harold Bubil; 4-21-2014.

The home of tennis Hall of Famer Monica Seles in Sarasota's Laurel Oak Country Club. Staff photo / Harold Bubil; 4-21-2014.

Premier Sotheby's International Realty's Joel Schemmel represented both the seller and the buyers.

Eran and Ellen Salu, owners of the Sarasota Sports Club, are the parents of Andrew Salu, 10, who recently won the prestigious Little Mo Grand Slam Tennis Tournament. The Salus are moving here from San Diego.

Seles felt the buyers would be a perfect fit for the property, in part because she won the same title -- a series of three international tournaments in San Diego, New York and Palm Beach Gardens, when she was 10 years old, Schemmel reported.

Seles,, 42, is a 10-time Grand Slam singles champion and an Olympic bronze medalist.

The 5,800-square-foot house, which came on the market in spring 2014 at $1.85 million, was built in 1993 and has five bedrooms. The 1.7 acres is big enough for a tennis court, and, indeed, it has one. It also has a fenced basketball court and separate building with fitness equipment. The two-story lanai has a covered outdoor kitchen, large pool and spa.

Deer have been known to wander the neighborhood, and the Laurel Oak golf course is highly respected.

The Schemmel Group has closed more than $43 million in sales this year and have $20 million pending.


Harold Bubil

Recipient of the 2015 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects/Florida-Caribbean, Harold Bubil is real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Born in Newport, R.I., his family moved to Sarasota in 1958. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School in 1970 and the University of Florida in 1974 with a degree in journalism. For the Herald-Tribune, he writes and edits stories about residential real estate, architecture, green building and local development history. He also is a photographer and public speaker. Contact him via email, or at (941) 361-4805.
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