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Tennis Hall of Fame to induct new members

Jul 12th, 2012
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Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI || Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

This Saturday July 14, the International Tennis Hall of Fame will hold its yearly induction ceremony, recognizing five “champions and leaders” with the one of tennis’ highest honors, according to the Hall of Fame’s website.

The Hall of Fame includes a museum, information center and grass courts in Newport, Rhode Island and has annually inducted members since 1954. Beginning in 1975, eligibility was extended from American players only to include candidates worldwide, and the International Tennis Federation recognized the hall as the official Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986.

Members are selected “based on their records of competitive achievement, with ancillary consideration given to sportsmanship and character,” according to the Hall of Fame. To be chosen, individuals must display excellence in one of three categories: Recent Player, Master Player or Contributor. Induction in each category requires a 75% favorable vote from either the international tennis media or a panel of past inductees and tennis experts.

This year’s inductees include former world Number 1s and three-time Grand Slam champions Jennifer Capriati and Guga Kuerten, three-time Paralympic medalist Randy Snow, U.S. Open champion Manuel Orantes and tennis promoter and innovator Mike Davies.