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Tennis Canada announced Wednesday that Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, and Lorne Main will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame during the 2012 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in recognition of their contribution to Canada's premier tennis tournament.
Courier and Hingis will be inducted on Centre Court in Montreal during Legends Night on Monday, August 6 where they will also participate along with Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova in an exhibition match. Main will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame in Toronto during a special evening ceremony on semifinal Saturday, August 11.
Courier won 23 ATP singles titles, including four Grand Slam crowns during a professional career that spanned 12 years. In addition to being ranked No. 1 for 58 weeks, the American is one of only a handful of players to have reached the final of all four Majors and is the last player to have completed the Australian Open/Roland-Garros double, a feat he accomplished in 1992. His last deep run at a Grand Slam came in 1995 when he reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open. At the Rogers Cup, Courier twice reached the semifinals, in 1991 and 1994, and he won the 1993 doubles title with Mark Knowles. Today, Courier is a television analyst, the mastermind behind the popular Champions Tour, and captain of the United States Davis Cup team. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.
As for Hingis, she was a prolific performer in Canada, not to mention the fact that she was always a fan favourite. The "Swiss Miss" is one of six players to win consecutive titles at the Rogers Cup (1999 and 2000) and one of three players to win the singles and doubles title the same year. At the Australian Open in 1997, at 16 years, 3 months and 28 days, Hingis became the youngest player in history to capture a Grand Slam singles title, the first of five she would win during her illustrious career. In fact, Hingis was virtually invincible in 1997, winning 37 consecutive matches, six straight tournaments and three of the four Majors that year. While her peers were all about one-dimensional power tennis, Hingis utilized an all-court-game and every shot in the book to map out a Hall of Fame career.
Main is aCanadian tennis legend. He captured the doubles title at the Rogers Cupâ€”then known as the Canadian Openâ€”in both 1951 and 1954 and was a singles finalist in 1949. He captured his sole ATP title at the Monte Carlo Open in 1954. Now, at the age of 82, the Vancouver native is the most decorated seniors tennis player in history. Main has been ranked No. 1 in the world in every seniors tennis age group from the over-50 to over-80 categories. He has also won a total of 39 world championships (13 singles, 13 doubles, and 13 team titles). In June, Main was presented with the first-ever Award for Outstanding Achievement in Seniors Tennis at the ITF World Champions Dinner.
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank will be held from August 4-12 at Rexall Centre in Toronto and from August 4-13 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.
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