NEWPORT, Rhode Island, July 11 Former world
number one Monica Seles was inducted into the International
Tennis Hall of Fame along with three other players during
ceremonies on Saturday.
Seles, now 35, won nine Grand Slam singles titles in the
1990s, including four Australian and three French opens. She was
world number one for 178 weeks non-consecutively and ended 1991
and '92 as the top-ranked player.
She remains the French Open's youngest champion, winning in
1990 aged 16 years and six months.
Seles, who was born in Yugoslavia and became a U.S. citizen
in 1994, captured 53 singles titles and six doubles titles and
won more than $14 million in prize money over 15 years.
Her career was interrupted in 1993 when she was stabbed in
the back by a spectator at a changeover during a match in
Hamburg, Germany, and did not play competitively for 27 months.
She won her final grand slam at the 1996 Australian Open.
Joining Seles in the Hall of Fame were Andres Gimeno, one of
Spain's most prominent players of the 1960s; Donald Dell, a
former U.S. Davis Cup player; and the late Robert Johnson.
Johnson was founder and director of the American Tennis
Association Junior Development Program who worked for decades
assisting in the development of young African-American players.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina;
Editing by Ken Ferris
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