Hingis Elected To Tennis Hall Of Fame
Published March 04, 2013 12:00
NEWPORT, RI, USA - Five-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.1 Martina Hingis will be elected into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame in the Class Of 2013, it was announced Monday.
Hingis won her first three Grand Slam titles in 1997 at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, then captured two more Australian Opens in 1998 and 1999. Her win at the 1997 Australian Open made her the youngest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era at 16 years and 3 months, and a few months later she became the youngest ever No.1, aged 16 years and 6 months. She ended up winning a total of 43 WTA titles and spending 209 non-consecutive weeks as World No.1.
The Swiss was also hugely successful in doubles, winning 37 WTA doubles titles - nine of those Grand Slam doubles titles, including all four in 1998 - and she ended up spending 35 weeks as No.1 in the world in doubles. She is one of only five players ever to be No.1 simultaneously in both disciplines.
Hingis also captured one Grand Slam mixed doubles title, winning the 2006 Australian Open with Mahesh Bhupathi just weeks after making her return to the tour after three years in retirement.
The last event of Hingis' career came at Beijing in September 2007, where she fell to Peng Shuai.
"Being inducted into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame is a tremendous honor," Hingis commented. "It is truly a privilege to be part of such an exclusive group of tennis icons. I am looking forward to the enshrinement weekend in Newport and to being welcomed in by the other Hall Of Famers."
Hall of Fame President Stan Smith said, "Having achieved No.1 status in both singles and doubles, and having won an incredible 15 Grand Slam tournament titles, Martina Hingis is undoubtedly one of the world's elite tennis players, and we are glad to pay tribute to her among the legends of the sport."
Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall Of Fame & Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the sport of tennis. The Hall Of Fame offers an extensive museum that chronicles the history of the sport and honors the game's greatest legends. Surrounding the museum are 13 historic grass tennis courts that date back to 1880, and were the site of the first US National Lawn Tennis Championships, hosted in 1881. The Class of 2013 International Tennis Hall Of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Also among the Class Of 2013 will be two co-founders of the ATP World Tour - longtime ESPN tennis broadcaster Cliff Drysdale and tennis promoter and industry leader Charlie Pasarell, both of whom have been elected in the Contributor Category. Also in that category, Romanian legend Ion Tiriac has been elected for his work in growing the sport through roles as an influential player manager and successful tournament promoter. And Australian tennis legend Thelma Coyne Long, winner of 19 Grand Slam titles between the 1930s and 1950s, has been elected in the Master Player Category.