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Sampras, Sanchez-Vicario Elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame


American Pete Sampras and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame's class of 2007.

The Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island announced its selections Wednesday, with Sampras and Sanchez-Vicario elected in the "recent player" category.

Sampras was the number-one ranked player in the world for a record 286 weeks, including 102 in a row from April, 1996 to March, 1998. His total of 64 singles titles included a record 14 Grand Slams, comprised of seven championships at Wimbledon, five at the U.S. Open, and two at the Australian Open.

Sampras wrapped up his career by beating countryman Andre Agassi in the 2002 U.S. Open final. His singles match record of 762-222 earned him more than $43 million in prize money, a record that still stands.

Sanchez-Vicario won three French Opens and became the first Spanish woman to win the U.S. Open singles title in 1994. Besides her four Grand Slam singles titles, Sanchez-Vicario won six doubles and four mixed-doubles Grand Slam championships.

Also selected for the 2007 class were Sven Davidson of Sweden in the "master player" category and American photographer Russ Adams in the "contributor" category. Induction ceremonies are set for July 14 in Newport.

Davidson was the first Swedish man to win a Grand Slam title, the 1957 French Championships, one year before winning the 1958 Wimbledon doubles title.

Adams was known as the "Dean" of tennis photography.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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