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Clijsters named Honorary President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame

A former world No 1 in singles & doubles and a six-time Grand Slam champion, Clijsters is the first woman and European to hold the position

Kim Clijsters at the 2021 Chicago Fall Tennis Classic Kim Clijsters at the 2021 Chicago Fall Tennis Classic Image Credit: Photo News / Panoramic

Former world No 1 and six-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters has been named Honorary President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Clijsters, who announced her retirement from the sport for the third time earlier this season, will represent the organisation publicly in an ambassadorial role and will collaborate on initiatives that support the ITHF’s mission of preserving and celebrating tennis history.

Clijsters succeeds Stan Smith in the role and is the first woman as well as first European to take on the position.

“I look forward to helping the organisation continue to grow and thrive” – Clijsters

Clijsters, who is one of the most popular players among her peers, said she was thrilled and humbled to get the opportunity to give back to the sport.

“I am thrilled and humbled by this new opportunity to serve the sport,” the 39-year-old Belgian said. “The International Tennis Hall of Fame does important, inspiring work through preservation efforts, impactful content, and celebrations. I am always eager to find a new way to be actively involved in tennis. I look forward to helping the organisation continue to grow and thrive, and to connecting tennis fans around the world with our sport’s incredible history.”

Clijsters herself is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2017. She was ranked No 1 in singles and doubles and won 41 WTA singles titles, including three US Open titles and one Australian Open, and 11WTA doubles titles, including the French Open and Wimbledon women’s doubles titles.

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