Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters along with three other players are to be inducted to Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Joining Roddick and Clijsters will be Dutch four-time Paralympic wheelchair tennis medalist Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, tennis journalist and historian Steve Flink and the late Vic Braden, a groundbreaking tennis instructor who died in 2014 at age 85.
Here is what the soon to be inducted Hall of Famers said –
“I feel very honored. It’s a huge honor to be amongst a list of so many great tennis players who I admired when I was growing up and some great players who I played with in my tennis career as well.”
“It’s really special. I love this sport and I love being part of it. I’m moved to know that my presence in the sport will be forever part of tennis history and I am just incredibly honored to be inducted.”
Kalkman-van den Bosch
“By celebrating and promoting wheelchair tennis through the Hall of Fame, we are offering encouragement for recently injured people. It’s important for these people to understand what can be possible for them in their new situations, and I’m so grateful to be part of this.”
Flink, a long-time radio correspondent and statistician for television coverage, authored two books on the greatest matches in tennis history.
Braden was a pioneer in uniting scientific research into tennis training, applying research and psychology backgrounds to his tennis instruction while working with prodigy talent as well as other instructors.