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Feb 18th, 2009, 06:31 PM
Sabatini Honored by International Hall of Fame


Former US Open winner Gabriela Sabatini was honored in her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 15th, 2009 by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, in conjunction with the Copa Telmex Tournament in Buenos Aires. The ceremony was made by Mark Stenning, Chief Executive Officer of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and 2005 Hall of Famer Butch Buchholz. The Hall of Fame and the tournament paid a special tribute to Sabatini at the opening dinner of the Copa Telmex, an ATP World Tour event.

Sabatini, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006, was the first woman from Argentina to gain a Grand Slam title when she won the 1990 US Open, defeating world No.1 Steffi Graf in a straight set final. In 1985 Sabatini was the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's most impressive newcomer, and received Rookie of the Year honors. That year she also became the youngest-ever player to reach the semifinals at the French Open, where she lost to Chris Evert. Later that year in Tokyo she won her first top-level singles title.

Sabatini held a spot in the world Top 10 from 1986-1995, and reached her peak at the world No.3 ranking in 1995, while holding the No.1 ranking in South America and Argentina from 1985-1996. She completed her career in 1996 with a singles win-loss record of 632-189. She won 27 singles titles and 14 doubles titles over her career, including the doubles title at Wimbledon in 1988, and won a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games.

In addition to honoring Sabatini, the Hall of Fame is presenting an exhibit throughout the Copa Telmex Tournament featuring the great tennis players of Argentina. Sabatini is heavily featured, as is four time Grand Slam winner Guillermo Vilas, along with Enrique Morea, Jose Luis Clerc and a number of other Argentinean greats.

Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. The International Tennis Hall of Fame was recognized as the sport's official Hall of Fame in 1986 by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis.


Great, and congrats Gabriella!!

Feb 18th, 2009, 06:58 PM
Gabi :worship:




Feb 18th, 2009, 08:07 PM
Gabriela = smoking HOT

I still miss seeing her play!

Thanks for the article and photos. :)

Feb 18th, 2009, 10:47 PM
Wow! She needs to open a fitness clinic for professional women tennis players.

A lot of them need to do whatever she has been doing.

Feb 18th, 2009, 11:04 PM
Smokin hot-she is like a fine wine-getting better with age

She was never a heavy girl at all but these pictures show me what icredible shape she is in.

I could never watch one of her matches in the house because I would scream too loudly at the TV. GOd I miss her

Feb 18th, 2009, 11:09 PM
:worship: still after all of these years she is making noise.

Helen Lawson
Feb 18th, 2009, 11:14 PM
Was Pato there?

Feb 18th, 2009, 11:23 PM
She always looks like a transvestite to me but that's just my opinion.

Feb 19th, 2009, 12:06 AM
She always looks like a transvestite to me but that's just my opinion.

:lol::tape: So mean but still made me laugh. I personally think she has aged SO gracefully. She's really a beautiful woman. But looking at those pics I can see where some might think "she's a man baby!!!" But she's still such a hottie to me.

Feb 19th, 2009, 02:59 AM
She looks great, i wish she would have been more confident on court.

Feb 19th, 2009, 03:27 AM
Tribute for being so hot? :p

Feb 19th, 2009, 07:13 AM
Gabi :worship:


Is she sleeping with these 3 guys?? If she is, she definitely still gots it. Heyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Feb 19th, 2009, 12:16 PM
Gabi :hearts:

My first fave ever! :)

Feb 19th, 2009, 01:25 PM
Still in the closet? :tape:

Feb 19th, 2009, 01:53 PM
Still in the closet? :tape:

A Lipstick Lesbian? She doesn't look like your average Butch Bertha!

The Dawntreader
Feb 19th, 2009, 02:00 PM
Very much deserved. She put South American tennis on the map for the WTA.

Feb 19th, 2009, 02:26 PM
What about Maria Bueno she put South America on the international tennismap

The Dawntreader
Feb 19th, 2009, 02:35 PM
What about Maria Bueno she put South America on the international tennismap

Indeed she did also:)

sabatini was a catalyst for a much modern audience though. Not just for her tennis either. My dad in particular was a fan of her on-court 'aesthetics';):lol:

Feb 19th, 2009, 02:47 PM
Gaby. :hearts: :worship: