The Russian Tennis Federation announced on Thursday, that former world No 1 tennis player from Russia Marat Safin will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The official ceremony will take place in July. Along with Safin, the Belgian tennis star Justine Henin will also join the hall of fame.
“Safin has been perhaps our most charismatic tennis player. He was a major public draw. When Sampras and Safin were playing at the same time on different courts. everybody wanted to see Marat. I think he never realized his full potential. He was like an artist, in a sense, that he treated each match in a creative manner, as if he was painting a canvas. Sometimes, that would not let him thrive even more. Federer, at his age, continues to play successfully,” said Shamil Tarpischev, the President of Russian Tennis Federation.
Safin would be the first Russian national included in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.