Li Na Becomes First Asian Player Elected To Tennis Hall Of Fame

Li Na has become the first player from Asia elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the Class of 2019.

 

The announcement was made on Monday at the Australian Open.

 

All three players won a pair of Grand Slam singles titles – one at Melbourne Park and the other at Roland Garros.

 

 

Li retired in 2014 at the age of 32 because of recurring knee injuries. She won the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open, making her the first tennis player born in Asia to collect a major singles title and helping grow the sport in her native China.

 

Kafelnikov won the 1996 French Open and 1999 Australian Open, while Pierce was the champion at the 1995 Australian Open and 2000 French Open.

 

The induction ceremony is slated for July 20 at the hall in Newport, Rhode Island.

 

Source(s): AP