Belgian Justine Henin and Russian Marat Safin have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Seven-times grand slam singles winner Henin and twice grand slam champion Safin were joined in the festivities by France’s Amelie Mauresmo, who won election last year but was unable to attend induction ceremonies at Newport, Rhode Island due to the birth of her son.
Henin, 34, the first Belgian elected to the shrine, said standing in the spotlight was difficult for her but very much appreciated as the culmination of a dream that began at age six.
“Being part of the history of the game, it’s much more than I could expect for as a little girl. I’m really proud, happy,” Henin said.
Safin burst to prominence with a straight-sets rout of Pete Sampras in the 2000 US Open final and added the 2005 Australian Open crown over Lleyton Hewitt in addition to helping Russia win two Davis Cup championships.
Mauresmo, an Australian and Wimbledon champion and was the first French woman to reach world No.1.