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Todd Woodbridge and Rennae Stubbs hold the mixed doubles trophy at the 2001 US Open. (Pic: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

As we mark 15 years since the tragedy of 9/11, Australian tennis great Rennae Stubbs recalls being in New York just hours before the Twin Towers were hit.

Stubbs recently returned to New York to cover the 2016 US Open for ESPN, where she visited the site of the 9/11 memorial for the first time since the World Trade Center buildings last stood in 2001.

Speaking to EON Sports Radio’s The Morning Rush, Stubbs says the memory of 9/11 will live with her forever.

“It was the year I won the doubles and mixed doubles, which was one of the most joyous moments of my life,” Stubbs said.

“Literally 24 hours later, that tragedy happened.”

Stubbs had won the mixed doubles title with fellow Aussie Todd Woodbridge on the Friday, then the doubles crown with American Lisa Raymond on the Sunday. She flew out to an event in Hawaii on the Monday (September 10) and landed a matter of hours before the attacks.

She says it was a life-changing experience to be in the US when 9/11 occurred.

“I’d see the Twin Towers every time we drove back into the city, and now to have them gone – the tragedy will always stay with me.”

“It was a year that meant so much to me career-wise, but it’s also a year that changed all of us.”

You can hear Stubbs’ full chat with The Morning Rush below: