By Justin Ross
In recognition of her outstanding career, 1994 International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee Hana Mandlikova was presented with her hall of fame ring at the 2017 Miami Open. The ceremony was held at center court at the conclusion of Friday’s match between Grigor Dimitrov and Guido Pella.
Accompanied by International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin, Mandlikova was all smiles when she was presented with her ring.
Over the course of her illustrious career, Mandlikova captured four major singles titles and one major doubles title. With a career-high singles ranking of world No. 3, she ranked top 50 in the world for 12 straight seasons, including 7 years in the top 10.
A native of Prague, Mandlikova’s mom, Vilem Mandlik, was an Olympic runner.
During Mandlikova’s time in tennis, the 5-foot-8 pro led Czechoslovakia to three straight Fed Cup titles. In 1980, she was voted the WTA Tour’s Most Improved Player.
She was a two-time champion at the Australian Open, in 1980 and 1987, and she also won once at the French Open, in 1981, and once at the US Open, in 1985. Mandlikova was one of just 13 players in the Open Era to reach the finals of all four majors.
At the time of her retirement from pro tennis in 1990, she had amassed 46 titles and over 850 wins in a career that didn’t last past age 28! After her retirement, she coached the Czech Republic’s Jana Novotna for 9 years, in which she helped her win at Wimbledon in 1998.
In addition to Mandlikova, several hall of famers received unique rings to commemorate their achievements. The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island.
Check out her official hall of fame page here: https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/inductees/hana-mandlikova/
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