Former world No. 1s Kim Clijsters
and Andy Roddick have been elected to receive the highest honor in
tennis – induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Joining
them in the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be Monique Kalkman-van den
Bosch, a 4-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair tennis, being honored
for her remarkable career. Additionally, two individuals will be
inducted in the Contributor Category. Steve Flink, a distinguished
tennis historian and journalist has been elected for induction.
Braden, a groundbreaking tennis instructor who was among the first to
apply sports science to his instructional tactics will be inducted
Andy Roddick, Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, and Steve Flink will
take part in a special ceremony on court at the Australian Open on
Tuesday evening to celebrate their induction for the very first time.
Nominees for Hall of Fame induction are selected from nominations
submitted by the general public and tennis community. The ITHF Enshrinee
Nominating Committee, which meets annually in June, then reviews all
nominations and determines the ballot. The committee is comprised of 23
individuals from around the world with expertise in various areas of the
sport. Individuals can be nominated in three categories - Recent
Player, Master Player, and Contributor. There are no nominees in the
Master Player Category this year.
The Recent Player Voting Group, which consists of tennis media and Hall
of Famers, votes on the Recent Player nominees. The Master Player &
Contributor Voting Group, which consists of historians, Hall of Famers,
and individuals who are highly knowledgeable of the sport and its
history, vote on the Master Player nominees. To be inducted in either
category, an affirmative vote of 75% of returned ballots is required.
Votes are tallied by an independent accounting firm. For additional
information, please visit www.tennisfame.com.
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