Former World No.1 tennis player Marat Safin of Russia has been inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
It was announced by Russian Tennis Federation and will be formally inducted in the official ceremony scheduled on July 16, 2016.
With this, he will become first Russian national to be inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Safin’s candidature for the induction into the Hall of Fame was announced in October 2015 along with Justine Henin (Belgium) and Helena Sukova (Czech Republic).
About Marat Safin
- Born on January 27, 1980 in Moscow, Russia. He had started his professional career in 1997.
- Safin has won two-time Grand Slam Champion (2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open) and dual Davis Cup champion with the Russian national team in 2002 and 2006.
- During his career, he has won a total of 15 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) in men’s singles category.
- He had held the No. 1 world ranking of ATO for around weeks between November 2000 and April 2001.
- He was the first Russian tennis player to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2008.
- He retired in 2009 and at that time he was ranked 61st best player in ATP’s world best men’s singles rankings.
About International Tennis Hall of Fame
- It honours players and contributors to the sport of tennis.
- The first Hall of Fame members were inducted in 1955.
- The hall of fame of tennis and museum are located in the Newport Casino.