New York - Former world number ones Justine Henin
of Belgium and Marat Safin of Russia have been elected into the
International Tennis Hall of Fame, officials announced on Tuesday.
won seven Grand Slam singles titles and spent 117 weeks atop the WTA
rankings, while Safin collected two major crowns and spent nine weeks
atop the ATP rankings.
Set for posthumous induction in July 16
ceremonies at the ATP Hall of Fame Championships are Frenchman Yvon
Petra, who died in 1984 at age 68, and England's Margaret Scriven, who
died at age 88 in 2001.
Henin, 33, is the first Belgian player
inducted into the Hall of Fame. She won 43 career singles titles before
retiring in 2011, including the 2004 Australian Open, 2003 and 2007 US
Opens and 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 French Opens.
"It's a big honour," Henin said.
was five years old when I started playing tennis and my dream was to
become a champion. 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 - remain something very
important in my life."
Safin, 36, is the first Russian player
inducted into the Hall of Fame. He won 15 career titles, including the
2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open, before retiring in 2009.
"I'm very happy to be inducted to the Hall of Fame," Safin said.
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."
Petra won the Wimbledon
men's singles title in 1946, after spending five years as a prisoner of
war in Germany, according to the Hall of Fame.
He is the most recent French winner of the men's Wimbledon singles crown.
won the French title in 1933 and 1934, becoming the first left-handed
woman to capture a Grand Slam crown and the only unseeded winner of the
"Their success is part of the sport's
storied history and we're glad to recognize their accomplishments," said
Hall of Fame president Stan Smith.