Lindsay Davenport and Nick Bollettieri Elected for Enshrinement into International Tennis Hall of Fame
March 3, 2014 -- In an announcement today from the International Tennis Hall of Fame, former world number one and three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport has been elected to receive "the highest honor in the sport" -- enshrinement into The International Tennis Hall of Fame.
"'Growing up playing tennis, getting to the Hall of Fame was never even in my dreams,'" Davenport said, reported the AP. "'It seemed a little too big for me.'"
Chantal Vandierendonck, 5-time Paralympic medalist, will join Davenport in the Class of 2014 induction. She is the first wheelchair tennis player to be enshrined.
Nick Bollettieri, Jane Brown Grimes, and John Barrett will also receive this life-time recognition. Their contributions toward the growth of tennis and its development reach heights unestablished in the history of tennis.
At 82, Bollettieri is considered the father of tennis academies having started The Bollettieri in 1978, the first full-time tennis boarding schools, reported the AP. Nick sold his venture seven years later to IMG, the giant sports marketing agency. Bollettieri is well-recognized for having coached ten players to the No. 1 spot in WTA and ATP rankings, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Boris Becker.
Normally a fountain of insight and opinion, Bollettieri was said to be at a lack for words. "'To be standing aside some of the players I've helped achieve what they are is a dream that even Nick Bollettieri can't comprehend.'"
Jane Brown Grimes has held many of the highest positions in the business world of tennis. She was the former managing director of the Women's Professional Tennis Counsel, which is now known as the WTA Tour Board. She has also been the president of the USTA and president of the International Hall of Fame.
Englishman John Barrett is a former tennis broadcaster, tournament director and equipment representative for Slazenger. According to the press release from the Hall of Fame, Barrett "is one of the game's premier historians and authors."
The induction ceremony will be held at The Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., on Saturday, July 12, 2014. It will be held in conjunction with the annual Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.