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To love the game beyond the prize,
To honour, while you strike him down,
The foe that comes with fearless eyes,
To count the life of battle good,
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And dearer yet the brotherhood,
That binds the brave of all the earth.
-Sir Henry Newbolt...
We are delighted to report that Helena Sukova, IC of Czech Republic and Michael Stich, IC of Germany have been elected to receive tennis’ top honor this summer. Labelled 'tennis' ultimate honour', they will join tennis legends from around the world to be formally inducted into the prestigious International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 21st during Hall of Fame Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island.
They will join an elite group of just over 250 people from a total of 23 nations who have received the honour, which recognises their outstanding careers as being among the most impressive and impactful in the history of tennis. As stated by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, their mission statement is to "preserve and promote the history of tennis and celebrate its champions, thereby serving as a vital partner in the growth of tennis".
Helena, a 14 time Grand Slam champion in doubles and mixed doubles, a four-time Grand Slam singles runner-up and winner of 10 singles titles and 69 doubles titles, is a deserving winner from her outstanding tennis achievements alone. But here at the International Lawn Tennis Club, we would also like to recognise all her hard work for the IC of Czech Republic which includes; re-establishing the IC of Czech Republic in 1999 and serving as its President from then until today onwards, as well as her previous 7 years on the Executive Committee of the IC Council from 2001-2008 and active successful representation both on and off the court throughout this time and onwards.
Michael Stich, the former world number 2, won the men's singles title at Wimbledon, along with the doubles titles at both Wimbledon and the Olympic Games. He was singles runner-up at both the French Open and US Open and won 18 singles titles and 10 doubles titles. An active IC of Germany member who serves on the clubs Advisory Board, Michael has also devoted a lot of his time since retirement to his own AIDS foundation.
Many congratulations to both Helena and Michael.