Sabatini Honored by International Hall of Fame
Published Feburary 18, 2009 12:00
Former US Open winner Gabriela Sabatini was honored in her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 15, 2009 by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, in conjunction with the Copa Telmex Tournament in Buenos Aires. The ceremony was made by Mark Stenning, Chief Executive Officer of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and 2005 Hall of Famer Butch Buchholz. The Hall of Fame and the tournament paid a special tribute to Sabatini at the opening dinner of the Copa Telmex, an ATP World Tour event.
Sabatini, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006, was the first woman from Argentina to gain a Grand Slam title when she won the 1990 US Open, defeating world No.1 Steffi Graf in a straight set final. In 1985 Sabatini was the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's most impressive newcomer, and received Rookie of the Year honors. That year she also became the youngest-ever player to reach the semifinals at the French Open, where she lost to Chris Evert. Later that year in Tokyo she won her first top-level singles title.
Sabatini held a spot in the world Top 10 from 1986-1995, and reached her peak at the world No.3 ranking in 1995, while holding the No.1 ranking in South America and Argentina from 1985-1996. She completed her career in 1996 with a singles win-loss record of 632-189. She won 27 singles titles and 14 doubles titles over her career, including the doubles title at Wimbledon in 1988, and won a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games.
In addition to honoring Sabatini, the Hall of Fame is presenting an exhibit throughout the Copa Telmex Tournament featuring the great tennis players of Argentina. Sabatini is heavily featured, as is four time Grand Slam winner Guillermo Vilas, along with Enrique Morea, Jose Luis Clerc and a number of other Argentinean greats.
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. The International Tennis Hall of Fame was recognized as the sport's official Hall of Fame in 1986 by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis.