Edberg, Graf inducted in Hall of Fame

Steffi Graf and Stefan Edberg were formally inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame of about 200 players.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Newport:Steffi Graf and Stefan Edberg were formally inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame of about 200 players in Newport over the weekend. Steffi was reduced to tears when the announcement was made by her husband Andre Agassi, a future Hall of Famer himself. "Ladies and Gentlemen I introduce to you the greatest person I've ever known-Steffanie Graf," said Agassi. Overwhelmed with emotion, Steffi Graf later said that the best thing of her tennis career was that it led to her marrying Andre Agassi. Graf's induction into the hall of fame was a foregone conclusion. She won 22 singles grand slam titles, a total of 107 singles titles. She also won the golden slam in 1988, after winning the Olympic gold. "I would like to thank the fans who've supported me my whole career-many of who I see today in the stands," said Graf. Sweden's Stefan Edberg was also inducted on the same day into the hall of fame. The serve and volley specialist won a total of 6 grand slam singles titles and the Mr Nice Guy of tennis was a five-time winner of the ATP sportsmanship award, an honour that led to the award being named after him. "To be part of history, to be part of this group, Hall of Famers, goes straight into your heart. It's something I'll remember and for my kids we appreciate it as well. So very, very special," said Edberg. Earlier on Saturday, the International Tennis Hall of Fame celebrated its golden anniversary. 50 of the total of 186 members were present. Argentine legend Guillermo Vilas was there and so was the eternal crowd favourite Chris Evert.

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