Justine Henin, Marat Safin Will Got Into The Tennis Hall Of Fame This Summer
by Tom Gainey | March 9th, 2016, 10:21 am

The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced the class of 2016 and in includes former No. 1s Justine Henin and Marat Safin.

Justine Henin, 33, of Belgium, was the world No. 1 player for 117 weeks. She was the year-end No. 1 three times, clinching the top spot in 2003, 2006, and 2007 and was a 7-time Grand Slam champion.

“It’s a big honor. I was five years old when I started playing tennis and my dream was to become a champion,” said Henin. “All of the things that then happened- all the dreams that came true, all the victories and Grand Slams, and every emotion that I lived in my tennis career remains something very important in my life today. Being part of the Hall of Fame says that it will remain something forever, and that is very special. I am really honored.”

Marat Safin, 36, of Russia, is a two-time Grand Slam tournament champion. He held the world No. 1 ranking for nine weeks, and was in the world top-five for 119 weeks.

“I’m very happy to be inducted to the Hall of Fame,” Safin said. “I want to say thank you to everyone who helped me and supported me throughout my tennis career. To be part of a Hall of Fame is every athlete’s dream. I am really honored to be inducted and proud to represent Russian tennis alongside the greatest champions of tennis history.”

Also going are Yvon Petra, who claimed a Wimbledon title after five years as a prisoner-of-war, and Margaret Scriven, who won two back-to-back singles titles at the French Championships.

Safin goes in ahead of countryman Yevgeny Kafelnivkoc who continues to be blackballed for his dealings with the press and his interests in gambling. And even Safin was surprised he’s and Yevgeny isn’t.

The Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony will be held on July 16 in Newport.

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16 Comments for Justine Henin, Marat Safin Will Got Into The Tennis Hall Of Fame This Summer

Jean Thomson Says:

Has consideration ever been given to including “coaches” in the Hall of Fame. Hennin’s coach it seems to me would to be a deserved candidate.

SG1 Says:

Justine could have won 10 or 11 majors if her personal stuff wouldn’t have stifled her. The best one-handed backhand I have ever seen (man or woman).

skeezer Says:

^same here!

jalep Says:

Sadly my sh backhand isn’t quite as good.

Tribute to Justine:


The charm of Marat Safin 😍

Congratulations to both!

Van Persie Says:

Marat Safin, the most beautiful tennis player of all times :), and the lovely Justine.
Big congrats to both

Dennis Says:

If Safin is in with 2 majors, why not Kafelnikov?

BBB Says:

Safin is to die for.

Wog Boy Says:

^^ .. and best BH in tennis..when he felt like playing:)

jane Says:

loved those videos jalep; thanks for sharing!

and indeed – congrats to both of these worthy champs.

Green Lady Says:

Marats game was amazing to watch,and he was one of the great underachievers,and it was a great shame when he retired,i always thought as gorgeous as he is though,he seemed that much in love with himself that there surely coudlnt be any left for any woman.

Green Lady Says:

As for Justine i liked her game,but i didnt really care for her,or some of the things she did.

But anyway congrats to both,on being inducted into the tennis hall of fame.

jalep Says:

Glad you enjoyed them, jane.

Green Lady, Justine’s SHBH is so good. I related to her because of my own SHBH, which was oddly good from growing up water-skiing, hanging onto the ski-rope with my right hand only while cutting around buoy’s through a slalom course. My wrist had muscles like no other girl’s. And I liked to show off my wrist because I didn’t know any better ;)

SG1 Says:

MMT…lol! And so true.

jalep Says:

lol, that’s perfect MMT. Made me sing.

MMT Says:

“Dennis Says:
If Safin is in with 2 majors, why not Kafelnikov?”

Kafelnikov also won 4 doubles majors and Olympic Gold in singles, as well as a Davis Cup in 2002 (winning 3 singles rubbers and 2 doubles – both with Safin).

I don’t understand how/why he is excluded, but Michael Chang and (as much as I love him) Yannick Noah are in. He was better than all of them.

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