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24 January 2006 @ 05:21 am
Patrick Rafter elected to Hall of Fame!  
RAFTER, SABATINI, CLERICI ELECTED TO TENNIS HALL OF FAME

Official Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Scheduled for July 15, 2006

NEWPORT, RI - Patrick Rafter is a two-time US Open Champion (1997-98) and former world No. 1 ranked player. In his 12-year career he achieved a singles win-loss record of 358-191, including 11 singles titles. He also captured 12 doubles titles including the 1999 Australian Doubles Championship with partner Jonas Bjorkman. Rafter is an eight-year veteran of Australia's Davis Cup team (1994-01) with a Davis Cup career win-loss record of 21-11 (18-10 in singles; 3-1 in doubles). Elected in the Recent Player category, he is the 24th Australian to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

"This was unexpected and I'm absolutely delighted," said Rafter. "It's one of the greatest honors in tennis and I am looking forward to the induction."

from here



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January 22, 2006
RAFTER AND SABATINI ELECTION: "A GREAT HONOR"


NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND - The International Tennis Hall of Fame has announced its newest elected inductees: two-time US Open champion Patrick Rafter, 1990 US Open champion Gabriela Sabatini, and as a contributor to the sport, Italian journalist Gianni Clerici. Included below are their responses; reflecting on their careers and on entering the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Patrick Rafter …
On his most memorable career moment:
"The first US Open (men's singles champion in 1997) was the most exciting moment in my career."

On the one match that stands out most in his career / the match that meant the most:
"My 1997 Davis Cup match against [Cedric] Pioline at White City," said Rafter. "And then probably beating [Michael] Chang in the 1997 US Open semi-final, that gave me the belief."

On his toughest competitor during his career:
"Pete Sampras was my toughest opponent," stated Rafter. "He was so dominating that I felt it always set up for a tight, ugly match."

On the person in tennis he looked up to:
"Rochey [Tony Roche] is my hero; particularly as a person, not just as a tennis mentor."

On his election to the International Tennis Hall of Fame:
"This was unexpected and I'm absolutely delighted," said Rafter. "It's one of the greatest honors in tennis and I am looking forward to the induction."

About Newport, Rhode Island:
"I played Newport in 1993 - that's where I won my first ATP match. It has a bit of history for me, so it will be good to go back."

got this from here


Maybe you did not hear this either, Pat became daddy again last summer to a daughter named India.
Also my latest news are that he is still playing for the Philadelphia Freedoms.
 
 
 
kem721: marshmellow *ancientfeelings*kem721 on January 24th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
wow... go patrick! thanks for posting :)
goth without a clueblack_lilly on January 26th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
welcome :-)
bonoistbonoist on January 24th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard any of this news. Thanks for posting it. Sounds like Pat is living the wonderful life he deserves. I sure miss seeing him at the Slams.
goth without a clueblack_lilly on January 26th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.
Yeah, it is a bit sad not to see him play anymore, but he looks so happy on the pictures with his family.
I am trying to find some new ones, and will post them then.