Former World No.1 tennis player Marat Safin of Russia has joined the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Russian Tennis Federation.
- The official ceremony to induct the Russian tennis player has been scheduled for July 16, 2016.
- Safin was announced as a candidate for the induction into the Hall of Fame in October 2015 together with Belgium’s Justine Henin, a former women’s singles No.1 & seven-time Grand Slam champion and Helena Sukova from the Czech Republic, who won 14 Grand Slam titles in doubles and mixed doubles.
About Marat Mubinovich Safin
Born in Moscow on January 27, 1980, Safin is the older brother of former world No. 1 WTA player, Dinara Safina. They are the first and only brother – sister tandem in tennis history who has both achieved no. 1 rankings.
- He is a two-time Grand Slam Champion (2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open) and the dual Davis Cup champion, winning the trophies with the Russian national team in 2002 and 2006.
- During his career he won a total of 15 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) in men’s singles category.
- He wrapped up his tennis career in 2009 and was ranked 61st best player in ATP’s world best men’s singles rankings at that time.
- In December 2011, Safin was elected to the Russian Parliament as a member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party, representing Nizhny Novgorod.
About International Tennis Hall of Fame
The International Tennis Hall of Fame honours players and contributors to the sport of tennis. The hall of fame and museum are located in the Newport Casino, US, which was commissioned in 1880 by James Gordon Bennett, Jr. as an exclusive resort for the rich and wealthy.
- The first Hall of Fame members in the International Tennis Hall of Fame were inducted in 1955.
- Martina Hingis became the first Global Ambassador for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015.