Jimmy Connors will present 2016 inductee Marat Safin, while Monica Seles will introduce Justine Henin at the ceremony.
The Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony will see the sport's highest honor be presented to former world No. 1's Marat Safin of Russia and Justine Henin of Belgium. In addition, Class of 2015 Hall of Famer Amelie Mauresmo will be honored during the ceremony. Mauresmo was unable to attend last year's ceremony due to the birth of her child.
Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony - Saturday, July 16 at 12 pm
Held during Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, tickets include access to the ceremony and the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships semifinals and doubles final. Along with the inductees, Connors and and Seles headline a star-studded weekend in Newport for the festivities, with the induction ceremony set for July 16 and additional events throughout the weekend.
Connors, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, will serve as the presenter for Safin at the ceremony. In the ceremony, the presenter traditionally introduces the inductee before they are officially inducted, providing a look back at their career accomplishments and contributions to the sport. Although they played in different eras, Connors and Safin, both fiery competitors, have long been admirers of each other's tennis careers. Connors was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.
Seles, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, will present Henin at the induction ceremony. Seles and Henin's careers had some overlap with the two players meeting in WTA tour competition six times, which each player winning three. Henin and Seles were both bolstered by notable baseline games and fierce backhands, and the two legends also approached the sport with a mental toughness that made them nearly untouchable at times.
During the ceremony, Amelie Mauresmo will be presented by her longtime manager and friend Micky Lawler, who now serves as president of the WTA.
International Tennis Hall of Fame President Stan Smith, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987, will play an active role in the induction ceremony. Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin will serve as Master of Ceremony for the event.
Hall of Famers Rosie Casals, Vic Seixas, Owen Davidson, Donald Dell, Butch Buchholz, Charlie Pasarell, and Jane Brown Grimes, will all be in Newport for the event. Additional notable tennis guests joining the celebration will include former world No. 1 Dinara Safina, sister of Marat Safin; retired WTA player Jill Craybas, who is a Rhode Island native; and former ATP stars Vijay Armritraj and Jimmy Arias.
PowerShares Legends Newport - Sunday, July 17, 11 am
The newly inducted Marat Safin will be back in action on the tennis court for fans to enjoy once again! Safin will be competing in PowerShares Legends Newport, a special one-day tournament featuring three matches and one eventual champion crowned among retired tennis greats. In addition to Safin, the event will feature Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Mark Phillippoussis.
The ceremony and festivities will be held in conjunction with the annual Hall of Fame Tennis Championships; the weekend offers two incredible days of tennis and events for fans to enjoy!
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The International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony will be broadcast live on Tennis Channel.