On July 21, the International Tennis Hall of Fame will welcome two new champions to receive tennis' ultimate honor - induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Germany’s Michael Stich, a Wimbledon champion and former world No. 2, and Czech tennis legend Helena Suková, a 14-time major champion in doubles and mixed doubles, have been elected for induction.
The two decorated champions have been out of the tennis spotlight a bit in recent years. A look back at their lives and careers reveals two determined junior players with their hearts and minds set on greatness from a young age. We have much to celebrate in the year ahead. Take a moment to get to know the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2018 in the stories below.
Sports Illustrated / Tennis Channel Beyond the Baseline Podcast with Michael Stich
On the Beyond the Baseline Podcast, Sports Illustrated executive editor, Tennis Channel commentator and host Jon Wertheim takes fans between the lines with tennis commentary and exclusive interviews with the top players and newsmakers on the ATP and WTA tours. In a recent episode, Wertheim caught up with Michael Stich on topics ranging from his upcoming Hall of Fame induction and career reflections to thoughts on the current generation of ATP stars and his work with the Michael Stich Foundation, which benefits children affected by HIV.
Career Reflections Q & A with Helena Suková
Born to a prominent tennis family in a passionate tennis nation, it seemed that tennis would be the obvious choice for Helena Suková, but the 14-time major champion recalls that her parents really let her discover her love for the sport on her own. As it turns out, she had the natural drive of a champion, getting hooked on the sport as soon as she had her first win as a junior. Read more about Helena's tennis life, and her thoughts on the WTA's current group of Czech superstars on WTATennis.com.
Official Hall of Fame Biographies, written by Hall of Fame Historian-At-Large Joel Drucker
Did you know that Helena Suková had a run at the US Open in 1993 in which she won 17 matches – capturing the titles in doubles and mixed and appearing in the singles final? Do you remember Michael Stich’s storied run through 1991 Wimbledon? Learn more about the inspiring stories of the ITHF Class of 2018 in their Hall of Fame biographies beautifully told by Hall of Fame Historian-At-Large Joel Drucker.
Be part of the celebration!
Tickets for the Class of 2018 Induction Ceremony go on sale on March 5 in an exclusive pre-sale for ITHF Advantage Program participants. For first access to the best seats, enroll today.