Induction into a Hall of Fame is the ultimate honor for an athlete. It is representative of the sum of their career achievements, and for many, an emotional topping on a lifelong passion for a sport and highly intense careers. As Andy Roddick stated earlier this year upon learning of his induction, "the Hall of Fame is really the ultimate final resting place you want for your career."
The videos that follow offer fans a great look at behind-the-scenes moments and emotions experienced by the Class of 2017 upon seeing their name as Hall of Famers for the first time.
Andy Roddick, the tennis fan? Indeed, Hall of Famer Andy Roddick considers himself a fan first, and a bit of a history buff when it comes to tennis. So how did he feel when he saw his name alongside all those, he's admired over the years? "Nothing but butterfiles," Roddick commented. It's insane to walk through these halls. The people that are in the Hall of Fame ... they were super heroes to me and still are." Watch the full interview & museum tour below... >
Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters became the second champion from her nation being inducted into the Hall of Fame, just a year behind countrywoman Justine Henin. Of her own experience in Newport, Kim stated, "I'm very, very honored to be sitting here and to be here in Newport. I've seen a lot of pictures of this place and videos of this place. To actually be here in person makes it a lot more special. You feel the history. You feel how unique being a Hall of Famer is. I actually got emotional walking through the museum. For me, it's almost like your childhood and your whole life kind of flashes through your head. I see Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, players I admired when I was a little girl coming out of school, watching the French Open, seeing them hold trophies up. A few meters forward, there's my picture. It's very humbling."
Nearly straight from covering his 50th Wimbledon Championships, tennis journalist and historian Steve Flink made his way Newport to become part of tennis history forever during his Hall of Fame induction weekend.
For Monique Kalkman, being back into her tennis mindset and focus more than 20 years after her last Paralympic Games was emotional, exciting, and humbling. Learn more about the 4-time Paralympic Gold Medalist and her emotions on Hall of Fame induction in the video below.
JUST FOR FUN
Since retirement from competitive tennis, both Kimand Andy have stayed busy with their work in their foundations, other ventures, and family time. It's a lot to keep track of, but, of course, some memories never fade ... check out the video below to see how the two former world No. 1's faired in a Tennis Memories & Trivia Pop Quiz, hosted by Nick McCarvel.