When Class of 2016 Inductees Justine Henin and Marat Safin arrived in Newport for Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, their first stop was a visit to the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum. Hall of Fame Librarian Meredith Richards gave Safin and Henin a guided tour through the collection, including the Rosalind P. Walter tribute gallery.
Each Hall of Famer is honored with a tribute exhibit in the Museum to commemorate their acheivement. These special exhibits are displayed for one year and they showcase the individual's life and career through artifacts, photography, and video.
Safin and Henin went head to head at the tennis trivia touch table, testing their knowledge on the sport with fun, fan-based questions ranging from tennis history to tennis fashion.
“It's incredible place, incredible history. The site, it's an amazing place. I never expect I would be here and I would see that. Coming here, it's an amazing place, said Safin. "I was like a kid in Disneyland. This is an amazing place. I think all boys and girls who are playing tennis should have to come visit. You feel the power, the energy. You can see what kind of people are living here before.”
Also in attendance this weekend is French player Amelie Mauresmo, from the Class of 2015. Mauresmo was unable to attend the induction ceremony last year due to the birth of her son and we are excited to have her in Newport for this year's ceremony and festivties. Amelie took a tour of the museum as well, stopping by to see her enshrinement plaque and see the exhibits.
Join us for the induction ceremony on Saturday, July 16 at 12 pm. Buy your tickets HERE!
Photos by Kate Whitney Lucey