Davenport Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
Published July 12, 2014 12:15
NEWPORT, RI, USA - Five individuals from the tennis world, including a few WTA stars, received the sport's very highest honor on Saturday - induction into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame.
Leading the way was Lindsay Davenport, a pioneer of the power game and three-time Grand Slam champion and former No.1 - as well as a three-time Grand Slam champion and former No.1 in doubles.
Davenport was clearly excited about the induction on Saturday: "I'm so honored by this incredible recognition," she said. "I feel very blessed to have had a wonderful tennis career, and now to be recognized alongside the great champions who have always inspired me is just a tremendous honor."
"Lindsay Davenport had a lengthy, successful career in which she reached the pinnacle of our sport as a competitor - World No.1 and a Grand Slam champion" Hall Of Fame President Stan Smith said.
Also among the inductees was Jane Brown Grimes, who has held executive leadership roles with the WTA, USTA and International Tennis Hall Of Fame. Early in her career she was a Tournament Director, Executive Director and President & CEO of WTA and ATP events, and in 1986 she was appointed Managing Director of the Women's Professional Tennis Council, now the WTA Tour Board.
After more than four decades of working in the tennis industry, Brown Grimes continues to remain active in the business side of the sport through her roles on the Hall Of Fame board, ITF Committees and youth tennis programs. And she recently earned an MBA from City University of New York.
The other inductees were five-time Paralympic medalist and ITF World Champion for wheelchair tennis Chantal Vandierendonck, legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri and British broadcaster John Barrett.
"At the Hall of Fame, our goal is to celebrate the history of tennis and to honor those individuals who have built that storied history, and so this year we are proud to honor three of the sport's greatest contributors," Smith said regarding the rest of the inductees in the Class Of 2014. "Through extraordinary coaching and his keen ability to inspire greatness, Nick Bollettieri is the person we can all thank for helping create some of the sport's greatest champions and therefore, most memorable moments. Jane Brown Grimes' selfless dedication to our sport has resulted in incredible growth on all levels, from US tennis to international competitions to the development of women's pro tennis, and so much more. We are also delighted to welcome John Barrett to the Hall of Fame, joining his wife, former World No.1 Angela Mortimer Barrett, among the legends of our sport. A leader on many levels, John's lifelong passion for the sport resulted in some of its finest journalism, most compelling storytelling, and therefore, some of the most important works dedicated to preserving tennis history.
"Last but not least I extend my congratulations to Chantal Vandierendonck, the first female wheelchair tennis player to be enshrined. A five-time Paralympic medalist, she was both a top competitor and a trailblazer in wheelchair tennis. We're delighted to recognize her accomplishments and contributions."
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014, the International Tennis Hall Of Fame & Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of tennis and honoring its greatest champions and leaders. The Hall Of Fame offers an extensive museum that chronicles the history of the sport and honors the game's greatest legends. Over the past 60 years, the honor of enshrinement in the International Tennis Hall Of Fame has been presented to just 235 people representing 20 countries.