Former Wimbledon champion Michael Stich of Germany and 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic will be inducted on Saturday into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Stich, 49, and Sukova, 53, will be enshrined on Saturday in ceremonies at the ATP Hall of Fame Classic in the sporting showplace at Newport, Rhode Island.

Stich won his only Grand Slam singles crown at Wimbledon in 1991, downing countryman Boris Becker in straight sets in the final.

Former world number two Stich partnered with Becker to win the 1992 Barcelona Olympic men’s doubles crown and joined American John McEnroe to claim the 1992 Wimbledon men’s doubles title.

“It’s quite an honour,” Stich said. “I’m humbled to be included among this elite group of tennis athletes.”

Sukova, a women’s world doubles number one for 68 weeks, captured nine Grand Slam women’s doubles crowns and five mixed doubles titles.

In singles, Sukova reached as high as fourth in the world.

“It was truly my joy and privilege to compete for my country on the WTA tour and among the greatest tennis players in the world,” Sukova said. “I’m incredibly honored to be selected for the Hall of Fame.”AFP

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