Clijsters, Roddick elected to International Tennis HOF
Both players won Grand Slam singles titles
Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Clijsters, a Belgian, won four Grand Slam singles titles — the U.S. Open in 2005, 2009 and 2010, and the Australian Open in 2011 — along with two major doubles titles.
"I think to be inducted in the Tennis Hall of Fame obviously means you've done something really well in tennis, but also that you are respected by your fellow tennis players who are already in that position, and I feel very honoured," Clijsters said in a video message posted to the Hall of Fame Twitter account.
On induction: "means you've done something well in tennis but also that you're respected by fellow players already there." - <a href="https://twitter.com/Clijsterskim">@Clijsterskim</a> <a href="https://t.co/KoTdRymlVT">pic.twitter.com/KoTdRymlVT</a>—@TennisHalloFame
Roddick's 2003 U.S. Open championship makes him the most recent American man to win a Grand Slam singles trophy. He also reached the final at Wimbledon in 2004, 05 and '09 and the U.S. Open in '06.
"One of the biggest honours of my life," Roddick said. "I'm moved to know that my presence in the sport will be forever part of tennis history."
One of the biggest honors of my life. Thank you so much <a href="https://twitter.com/TennisHalloFame">@TennisHalloFame</a>. Ecstatic to go in w <a href="https://twitter.com/Clijsterskim">@Clijsterskim</a> <a href="https://t.co/r5LJlXMAg0">https://t.co/r5LJlXMAg0</a>—@andyroddick
Roddick was ranked No. 1 for 13 weeks before Roger Federer gained the top ranking in February 2004 and held it for 237 consecutive weeks.
"It's the resting place you want for a tennis career," Roddick said of the Hall of Fame recognition at the Australian Open in Melbourne. "It's not something I thought I was entitled to. I'm not a shoo-in like Roger [Federer] or Serena [Williams] or anyone like that, so I certainly appreciate it."
Also in the Class of 2017 announced by the hall on Monday: wheelchair tennis player Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, tennis historian and journalist Steve Flink, and the late instructor Vic Braden.
Roddick, Kalkman-van den Bosch and Flink were scheduled to participate in a ceremony at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
The full class will be inducted at the hall on July 22.