Kimberly Yee to Receive National Sportsmanship Award at International Tennis Hall of Fame





LAS VEGAS (July 11, 2014) – With Hall of Fame inductees Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport and famed coach Nick Bollettieri looking on, Las Vegas’ Kimberly Yee will accept the nation’s highest junior tennis award this weekend at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.


The 17-year-old Odyssey Charter High School senior has been named a recipient of the prestigious Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award, which is presented each year by the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


The award began in 1987 and is given to a “junior player who exemplifies the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play and the finest traditions of the great sportspersons of tennis past and present.” Past winners include current WTA and ATP American players Alexa Glatch, Alison Riske and Las Vegas’ Sam Querrey.


“The credit for this award is really for the team that helped me: my parents, my USTA friends from NJTL and the USTA Serves Foundation and all my teammates at NO QUIT Tennis Academy,” Yee said. “Since I was 9 the USTA has been helping my family and made much of what I do possible.”


Yee has been No. 1 in the USTA national rankings in the girls’ 12s, 14s, 16s and Top 10 in the 18s. She came through the local Las Vegas NJTL chapter called the Marty Hennessey Jr. Tennis Foundation. She is also part of Team Bryan, a USTA NJTL Excellence Team in partnership with the Marty Hennessy Jr. Foundation where she mentors and tutors children 3-4 times per week and teaches the next generation of players on how to be a polite, kind and respectful champion. She is coached by her father Adam Yee and Tim Blenkiron from the NO QUIT Tennis Academy.


“Bob and Mike Bryan have been Kimberly’s heroes since she was young,” said Ryan Wolfington, who started the Foundation 10 years ago as a volunteer. “Like Bob and Mike, Kimberly has always had all A’s, incredible sportsmanship and an amazing desire to help other people.”


Yee’s efforts will be honored at the Friday night awards dinner that will be attended by all of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees. On Saturday, Yee will attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies of Lindsay Davenport (former No. 1 player); Chantal Vandierendonck (wheel-chair great); Nick Bollettieri (coach); Jane Brown Grimes (industry leader); and John Barrett (tennis historian/journalist).


“Kimberly’s desire to help others is so significant that I was afraid it would interfere with her training,” Blenkiron said. “But then she explained that giving back is what motivates her. I think she wants to do for other children what the Bryan brothers did for her.”


Bob Bryan commented in a video done on Yee that, “One of the best things you can do in tennis is win an award for sportsmanship and character,” he said. “She is a great role model and we really look up to her. We thank her for leading Team Bryan.”


Wolfington concluded, “I’ve been involved in tennis for the past 15 years, and I’ve never come across a student like Kimberly Yee. “She’s No. 1 in the country; the top tennis recruit. She gets good grades and continually sets an amazing example to others in the Foundation by volunteering and mentoring children.”


Tennis Channel to Air International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2014 – Tennis Channel will offer live coverage as six-time Grand Slam tournament champion Lindsay Davenport is inducted into the International Tennis Lindsay Davenport Hall of Fame Saturday, July 12, at 12:30 p.m. ET. The ceremony will take place at the Hall’s historic grass-court stadium in Newport, R.I., and will include four other inductees. Davenport has been an on-air analyst with Tennis Channel since 2008.


The ceremony will feature speeches by the new Hall of Famers and the friends or family members that the inductees have personally picked to introduce them. Tickets for the event usually sell out, with 4,000 fans in the stands and another 300 watching a live simulcast in the Hall of Fame theater.

Davenport is one of five individuals slated for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this weekend. The other inductees include five-time Paralympic medalist and first wheelchair tennis ITF World Champion Chantal Vandierendonck; famous tennis coach Nick Bollettieri; Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA Jane Brown Grimes; and British tennis broadcaster and author John Barrett, who are all being recognized for their contributions to the growth and development of the sport.

In addition to the induction ceremony, Tennis Channel will be in Newport for live coverage of the Hall of Fame quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.


Tennis Channel’s Live 2014 Hall of Fame Schedule:



Time ET

Quarterfinal 1

July 11

1:00 p.m.

Quarterfinal 2

July 11

3:00 p.m.

Induction Ceremony

July 12

12:30 p.m.

Semifinal 1

July 12

2:00 p.m.

Semifinal 2

July 12

4:00 p.m.


July 13

2:00 p.m.


Lindsay Davenport: A former World No. 1 professional tennis player, she is a six-time Grand Slam champion in singles and doubles. She also holds an Olympic gold medal in singles.

Chantal Vandierendonck: The first female wheelchair tennis player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Vandierendonck was a three-time ITF World Champion and former world No. 1 in singles and doubles. She has won five Paralympic medals and seven singles titles at the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.


Nick Bollettieri: Founder of the IMG Academy, Bollettieri has coached 10 world No. 1 players, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Serena and Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova.  Bollettieri has set the bar for tennis coaching while also developing youth tennis programs in underserved communities.


Jane Brown Grimes: Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA since 2007, Brown Grimes has spent the past 29 years involved with the tennis industry. Among her many contributions, she helped build a strong foundation for the Hall of Fame as well as acted as a strong leader within the WTA.


John Barrett: One of the game’s premier historians and authors, Barrett has had played many roles in the tennis industry, including player, broadcaster, tournament director and equipment representative. He has worked on some of the sport’s most comprehensive works, including editing and contributing to “World of Tennis.”


Hall of Famers Monica Seles, Tracy Austin, and Gigi Fernandez, and Rhode Island native Jill Craybas to play exhibition match in Newport on July 13


NEWPORT, R.I., May 16, 2014 -  An exhibition match featuring tennis legends Monica Seles, Tracy Austin, Gigi Fernandez, and Rhode Island native and recently retired WTA Tour player Jill Craybas has been added to the schedule of events for the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s annual Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend in July.

The women’s doubles exhibition match will take place on Sunday, July 13 at 11 am at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, preceding the finals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. While the Hall of Fame hosts the men’s tournament annually, this exhibition match is the first time that a women’s tennis event has been played in Newport in many years.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome Hall of Famers back to Newport, and it is a particularly special treat to have Monica, Tracy, and Gigi on court. We’re glad for the opportunity to host Jill to play before her hometown crowd. The exhibition match is a great addition to our tournament and enshrinement events and we know the fans will have a great time seeing these four women back in action,” commented Mark Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the exhibition match are on sale now to members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame on HallofFameTennisChampionships.com or via phone at 401-849-6053. The Member Pre-Sale for tickets will run May 16 – May 21, and tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 22 at 10 am. Information about becoming a member is available online or by phone as well. Tickets are $15 for South Stands and $25 for Courtside Seats, with discounts available for members.

Nine-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles was the world No. 1 player for 178 weeks. She won 53 singles titles and 6 singles titles. At the age of just 16 years and 6 months, Seles won her first Grand Slam title in 1990 at the French Open, defeating then world No. 1 Steffi Graf in the final. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009.

Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992, Tracy Austin was ranked world No. 1 in the early 1980s. In 1979, at the age of 16 years and 9 months, Austin defeated Martina Navratilova and and Chris Evert en route to winning the US Open. She remains the youngest ever US Open champion to this day. She captured the title again in 1981, and won a total of 30 singles titles over the course of her career. Austin remains highly active in tennis as a broadcaster for Tennis Channel and BBC.

Doubles specialist Gigi Fernandez won 17 Grand Slam tournament doubles titles, including five consecutive French Open titles and victories at all four majors. She won 14 titles with Natasha Zvereva, making them one of the most successful doubles pairings in tennis history. Fernandez won Olympic gold medals at both the 1992 and 1996 Games and 68 career titles in women’s doubles. Originally from Puerto Rico, Fernandez now resides in Connecticut.

One of Rhode Island’s most successful pro athletes, East Greenwich native Jill Craybas enjoyed a lenghty and successful career of 17 years on the WTA Tour between 1996 and 2013. Craybas achieved a career high ranking of No. 39 in singles and No. 41 doubles. In 2002, she won the title at the Japan Open, and over the course of her career she won five doubles titles. From the 2000 US Open to the 2011 US Open, Craybas competed in 45 consecutive Grand Slam main draws. Her best result at a Grand Slam tournament was at Wimbledon in 2005 when she reached the fourth round and defeated Marion Bartoli and Serena Williams. Craybas represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and she was a member of the United States Fed Cup team.

Craybas began playing tennis as a recreational sport at age 10. She went on to compete for Lincoln School in Providence for two years, before relocating to Florida. She earned an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she earned a B.A. in Communications. As a senior in 1996, she won the NCAA women’s singles tennis championship. She was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Craybas officially retired from the pro tour last September at the US Open.

The exhibition match tops off a week of tennis festivities at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event and the only men’s pro tennis tournament in New England will be held from July 5-13. Players scheduled to compete include No. 1 American John Isner and Australian great Lleyton Hewitt. On Saturday, July 12, the highest honor in tennis will be presented to five great champions and leaders of the sport in the International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony. The Class of 2014 enshrinees are former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, wheelchair tennis champion Chantal Vandierendonck, legendary coach Nick Bollettieri, tennis industry leader Jane Brown Grimes, and tennis broadcaster and historian John Barrett.

For additional information about the events and to order tickets, please visit www.HallofFameTennisChampionships.com or call 401-849-6053.


International Tennis Hall of Fame to break ground on $15.7 million expansion and renovation project


(May 8, 2014) NEWPORT, R.I. -  The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, Rhode Island will break ground next Wednesday on the first project within a $15.7 million expansion and improvement project. The project will increase the campus size by approximately one acre and result in a world-class tennis facility and significant enhancements to a prominent Newport streetscape, Memorial Boulevard.

Next week’s groundbreaking ceremony is primarily focused on the first component of a campus-wide improvement project. This first phase includes the development of a new tennis facility and a new building to house locker rooms, a fitness area, retail space, and Hall of Fame offices. The new tennis facility will add three new indoor/outdoor hard courts to the property. The building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, has been designed to be complementary to the beautifully restored, historic buildings of the Newport Casino, in which the Hall of Fame is located.

The project is funded by the Match Point capital campaign. The four primary focus areas of the campaign, which will be implemented over the next two years, are to add additional tennis courts and facilities; to strategically expand the Hall of Fame’s footprint in a manner that is in keeping with Newport’s historic aesthetic and enhances the community; to upgrade the museum with new technology and enhanced exhibitions; and to improve campus-wide amenities including upgrades to the tennis stadium.


Charlie Pasarell Receives Hall of Fame Ring

 Left to right: Hall of Famers Mark Woodforde, Donald Dell, Butch Buchholz, Rosie Casals, Bud Collins, Roy Emerson, Brad Parks, Rod Laver, Hall of Fame President Stan Smith, Hall of Fame Chairman Christopher Clouser, Hall of Famer Charlie Pasarell, Hall of Fame CEO Mark Stenning, BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director Steve Simon, Charles Pasarell, Sr., and BNP Paribas CEO Ray Moore. Photo by Billie Weiss

Left to right: Hall of Famers Mark Woodforde, Donald Dell, Butch Buchholz, Rosie Casals, Bud Collins, Roy Emerson, Brad Parks, Rod Laver, Hall of Fame President Stan Smith, Hall of Fame Chairman Christopher Clouser, Hall of Famer Charlie Pasarell, Hall of Fame CEO Mark Stenning, BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director Steve Simon, Charles Pasarell, Sr., and BNP Paribas CEO Ray Moore. Photo by Billie Weiss

By Kevin Ware

(March 14, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – As tournament director and managing partner, Charlie Pasarell was instrumental in helping to build the Indian Wells tournament into the world-class event it has become. So it was more than fitting that he received his official International Tennis Hall of Fame ring last night on the Stadium 1 court, in front of an adoring crowd, before the start of the evening session.

Pasarell was inducted into the Hall of Fame last summer. But the International Tennis Hall of Fame has a wonderful tradition of presenting the ring at a home location that affords the best opportunity for the inductee to be surrounded by as many family and friends as possible.

The stadium ring ceremony was a public affair. The celebration dinner afterward, emceed by Pam Shriver, was much more intimate; attended by some Pasarell’s immediate family, as well as his extended family in the tennis community.

Also on hand were several other Hall of Fame members, many of whom spoke glowingly about their friend and fellow-inductee. Those in attendance included Hall of Fame President Stan Smith, Donald Dell, Bud Collins (pants as colorful as ever), Butch Buchholz, Brad Parks, Rosie Casals, Billie Jean King, Roy Emerson, and Mark Woodforde.

Pasarell, with his father and son looking on, was just as moved by this moment as he was at his official induction in Newport. After an encore viewing of his video tribute, and hearing the touching tributes of his friends, it was obvious to see how touched he was by this moment.

Looking out at the familiar faces, his voice at times struggling to control his emotion, Charlie offered a simple, “Thanks to all my friends who are here today. I’m touched by all the support.”

Kevin Ware is in Indian Wells covering the BNP Paribas Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his live updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.  Follow his personal twitter @SFTennisFreak.

Photos from the private party held before the ceremony.


Todd Martin named CEO-designate of International Tennis Hall of Fame


(February 18, 2014) - Todd Martin, who was ranked world No. 4 on the ATP World Tour in the 1990s, has been named CEO-designate of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum (ITHF) in Newport, R.I. He will succeed Mark L. Stenning, who is stepping down in September after 35 years with the organization and 14 years as CEO.

Martin will begin working at the Hall of Fame as CEO-designate on April 1, 2014, with Stenning remaining as CEO through September 5, 2014. Stenning will then transition to working on special projects for the Hall of Fame, namely, the completion of significant expansion and renovation projects to the facility.”We are very pleased to welcome Todd Martin as the next chief executive officer of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. When we began our search for the next CEO, Todd was one of the people we went to for suggestions on candidates. Through discussions with him it became apparent that he, in fact, should be on the short list. Not only was Todd a great player-one of the very best in the world, but he is also a tremendous leader and he has been widely respected in his role as president of the ATP Players Council and as a member of the USTA Board of Directors.  He will be an asset to the organization, and we look forward to working with him on the continued growth of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum,” said ITHF Chairman of the Board Christopher E. Clouser. “I would also like to acknowledge that Mark Stenning has been the heart and soul of the Hall of Fame for 35 years, during which time he has elevated the organization to outstanding levels within the tennis industry and the local community. We are indebted to him for his leadership and service, and we appreciate that he will be working with Todd to ensure a successful transition.

Of his new appointment, Martin commented, “I’m tremendously excited to join the International Tennis Hall of Fame, to lead the organization’s staff, and to execute its mission. It is an honor to be charged with preserving the rich history of our sport and to celebrate the people who have created its greatest moments. I look forward to working with the International Tennis Hall of Fame Board of Directors and staff, and many tennis industry partners.”

Todd Martin

Photo by Kate Whitney Lucey

Martin will be assuming the helm as the Hall of Fame is in the midst of a $15.7 million capital campaign. In spring 2014, the organization is scheduled to break ground on a major construction project which will result in the addition of three more indoor/outdoor hard courts and a significant new building for locker rooms, fitness facilities, and office and retail space. Also on the impending schedule is a complete renovation of the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which will feature major technological updates and complete re-interpretation of the galleries.

“I’m particularly pleased to come on board at such an exciting time,” stated Martin. “The impending capital projects will represent a significant upgrade to the property and the offerings the Hall of Fame can make to its patrons and the tennis community overall. A particular goal of mine will be to enhance the Hall of Fame’s impact and presence on the international tennis community, and the new museum and facilities will be beneficial in reaching that goal. This is a perfect time to begin here, and I can’t wait for April 1.”

Since retiring from the ATP World Tour in 2004, Martin has remained highly involved in the tennis industry. He began serving a second term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors in January 2013, having previously served on the board from October 2011 through December 2012. He is currently the board liaison to the Youth Tennis Council. Previously, Martin was the board liaison to the Pro Tennis Council and was a member of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Team Events Committee.

In 2012, he launched Todd Martin Tennis, which focuses on junior tennis development. Also in recent years, Martin has done some coaching and spent time working with Novak Djokovic and Mardy Fish.

In 1994, Martin founded the Todd Martin Development Fund (TMDF), which provides tennis, education, and leadership programs for at-risk youth of mid-Michigan. TMDF currently operates as both a National Junior Tennis League and a USTA First Serve chapter.

On the ATP World Tour, Martin achieved a career-best ranking of world No. 4. He was a finalist at the 1999 US Open and the 1994 Australian Open. He was a mainstay on the U.S. Davis Cup team, playing every year from 1994 to 2002, and helping the U.S. capture the title in 1995. Martin won eight singles titles and four doubles titles.

Martin served as president of ATP Players Council for eight of the 14 years he played professionally. He was honored with the ATP World Tour Sportsmanship Award in 1993 and 1994.

In addition to his role as CEO, Martin will serve as Tournament Director of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the only ATP World Tour event in the Northeast and the only pro grass court tournament in the Americas. He will assume that position for the 2015 tournament. He will also have oversight of the annual Hall of Fame enshrinement festivities, and other major events including the Legends Ball, an annual gala hosted in New York City during the US Open, and a year-round calendar of public and private events in Newport.

Martin’s duties will also include oversight of the Hall of Fame Tennis Clubs, which include 13 grass courts, an indoor tennis facility, and a robust, year-round program of adult and junior tennis. Martin will oversee the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which is the world’s most comprehensive museum dedicated to the history of the sport and its great champions and leaders, and the only sports hall of fame in the country that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

As the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization, Martin will be tasked will oversight of significant fundraising programs and management of a $7 million annual budget. In addition, Martin will be responsible for management the Hall of Fame’s buildings and grounds, a 7-acre site built in 1880 which has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Martin will report to a 69-person Board of Directors, comprised of tennis industry leaders, corporate executives, and philanthropists. He will manage a staff of 35 full-time employees.

Martin grew up in Lansing, Mich., where he was the state high school champion. He attended Northwestern University, playing varsity tennis for two seasons (1988-90). In his sophomore season, he led the Wildcats to a Big Ten championship and earned All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year honors, finishing the year ranked No. 2 in the nation.


Tennis Hall of Famer Louise Brough Clapp Dies at 90


(February 4, 2014) –  The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced the death of Tennis Hall of Famer Louise Brough Clapp, a former world No. 1 player and the winner of 35 major titles. Brough Clapp, who was 90 years old, passed away at home with her family in Vista, Calif. on February 3, following a brief illness.


Brough Clapp was enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1967.
At the Grand Slam tournaments, Brough Clapp won a total of 35 titles- six in singles, 21 in doubles, and eight in mixed doubles. She and her contemporary Doris Hart are tied at fifth on the all-time list for winning the most major titles, behind only Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, and Margaret Osborne duPont.


She appeared in 21 of the 30 finals contested at Wimbledon from 1946 through 1955 in singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, ultimately winning 13 titles. In 1950, she achieved a rare triple- winning the titles in singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. In 2010, she traveled to Wimbledon to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this great accomplishment.


Brough Clapp partnered with Margaret Osborne duPont to form one of the sport’s most successful doubles pairings. Together, they won 20 titles at majors (12 U.S., five Wimbledon, three French). From 1942 through 1950, Brough Clapp and duPont won nine consecutive women’s doubles titles at the U.S. Championships, which remains the longest championship run in history in any event at any Grand Slam tournament.


In all, Brough Clapp won 13 titles at Wimbledon, 17 titles at the U.S. Championships, 3 titles at the French Championships, and 2 titles at the Australian Championships.


Brough Clapp was ranked in the world top-10 from 1946 through 1957, reaching a career high of world No. 1 in 1955. She was included in the year-end top-10 rankings issued by the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) from 1941 through 1950 and from 1952 through 1957. She was the top-ranked U.S. player in 1947. Her 16 years in the USLTA top-10 trails only Billie Jean King (18 years) and Chris Evert (19 years).


Born March 11, 1923 in Oklahoma City, Okla., Brough Clapp moved to Beverly Hills as a small child. She grew up playing tennis on the public courts at Roxbury Park, and launched her career with great success as a junior player. She won the U.S. 18-and-under title in 1940 and 1941.


Brough Clapp was pre-deceased by her husband, Dr. A.T. Clapp. She is survived by two nieces and two nephews. Funeral services will be private.


Maria Sharapova announces Sugarpova and International Tennis Hall of Fame Partnership

sugarpova ITHOF

(January 10, 2014) – Maria Sharapova’s line of candy, Sugarpova announced their partnership with the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I. Sugarpova is the new official sponsor and an underwriter of the Hall of Fame’s Kids Free program, which provides free admission to the museum for children ages 16 and under, every day, year-round. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is the sport’s official, global Hall of Fame and the world’s most comprehensive museum dedicated to the sport of tennis.

“I am honored and thrilled to partner Sugarpova with the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, particularly in support of such an important program,” said Maria Sharapova, founder and creative director of Sugarpova, and the winner of four Grand Slam tournament titles. “I was lucky to discover the game at a young age, and I hope that visiting the museum will inspire young people to see the opportunities in tennis and the potential that exists when someone commits oneself to following a dream.”

“We are delighted and grateful to welcome Sugarpova as an official sponsor of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. Maria is an extraordinary role model within the sport, and we appreciate her commitment toward our mission to inspire young people to get involved in tennis,” said Mark L. Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. “The museum is an exciting place where families and children of all ages can explore the game’s rich history in an educational and entertaining way. By offering free admission to children we hope they will be inspired by the game’s traditions and become life-long players and fans.”

In addition to sponsoring the Kids Free program, Sugarpova candy will be featured in the three retail stores on the Hall of Fame property in Newport, and Hall of Fame fans will have access to special offers throughout the year. The retail stores will offer all 15 variations of the brand, which includes gumballs, gummy candies, sours, and more, all styled in fun, unexpected types and shapes-with playful names to match. A long time candy lover with a surprising sweet tooth, Sharapova created her own candy business in 2012 to offer an accessible bit of luxury, interpreting classic candies in her own signature style. A portion of sales from Sugarpova are donated to the Maria Sharapova Foundation, which supports her ongoing dedication to a charitable cause close to her heart.


Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic Honored with Davis Cup Award of Excellence



(November 16, 2013) – Longtime Serbian Davis Cup team member Nenad Zimonjic has been honored with the 2013 Davis Cup Award of Excellence. The award was presented during a special on-court ceremony at the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final between Serbia and the Czech Republic in Belgrade, Serbia on Saturday, November 16. It was presented by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Serbian tennis great Slobodan Zivojinovic, a past recipient of the award.

The annual award is given jointly by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and it recognizes a Davis Cup player, past or present, who demonstrates a strong commitment to the spirit of the competition.

“Nenad has been a key component of Serbia’s Davis Cup team for 19 years and an inspirational team member,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “We are pleased to recognize Nenad’s contributions to the competition here in front of his hometown fans by honoring him with the 2013 Davis Cup Award of Excellence.”

Zimonjic has been part of the Serbian Davis Cup team for nearly two decades, with his first nomination in 1995. In 2007, he helped Serbia qualify for the World Group for the first time, partnering with Novak Djokovic for a doubles victory in the play-offs against Australia. In 2010, Zimonjic was a member of the Serbian team that clinched its first-ever Davis Cup title, defeating France 3-2 in a home final before enthusiastic fans at Belgrade Arena.

This year, Zimonjic has played a major part in Serbia’s second entry into the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final. In April, he partnered with Ilija Bozoljac to win an intense five-set match versus the No. 1-ranked Bryan Brothers, 7-6(5) 7-6(1) 5-7 4-6 15-13. The win clinched the victory for Serbia over the United States, and sent the team into the semifinals, where they defeated Canada.

Zimonjic has played a record 45 ties for his country, with an overall winning record of 40-22, including 13 singles victories and 27 doubles victories.

On the ATP World Tour, Zimonjic has won 49 doubles titles including three this season. He is a seven-time Grand Slam champion, having won two Wimbledon doubles titles, one French Open doubles title, and two mixed doubles titles each at the Australian Open and the French Open. Zimonjic has achieved the world No. 1 ranking in doubles, and has held a season-ending ranking in the top-20 every year for the past nine seasons, highlighted by season-ending rankings in the world top-10 every year from 2007-2011.

The Davis Cup Award of Excellence was developed to recognize and honor an individual who best represents the ideals of the competition’s founder, Dwight Davis. Each year the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the ITF present the award to a past or present Davis Cup team member who is from the country or region where the final is held.

The Davis Cup Award of Excellence was inaugurated in 2001 by the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the ITF. Past recipients include 2012 recipient Ivan Lendl, an integral Czechoslovakian Davis Cup team member; Emilio Sanchez of Spain in 2011; Slobodan Zivojinovic of Serbia in 2010; Manuel Orantes of Spain in 2009; Guillermo Vilas of Argentina in 2008; Stan Smith of the United States in 2007; Alex Metreveli of Russia in 2006; Miloslav Mecir of Slovak Republic and Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia in 2005; Manolo Santana of Spain in 2004; John Newcombe of Australia in 2003; Pierre Darmon of France in 2002; and Neale Fraser of Australia in 2001.


Tennis Hall of Fame Holds Annual Legends Ball in New York City


(September 6, 2013) NEW YORK CITY -The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum held their annual Legends Ball, presented by BNP Paribas, on Friday, September 6 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The Legends Ball will paid tribute to the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 and honored will honor several additional people and organizations who have contributed greatly to tennis by presentation of special awards.

Proceeds of The Legends Ball, which has been held annually since 1980, will benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and support the mission of preserving the history of the game, honoring the legends and inspiring the future.

Here are a few photos of the event:

2013 Hall of Famers – 19 Hall of Famers were on hand

2013 Hall of Famers – 19 Hall of Famers were on hand


Tommy Hilfiger & his wife Dee

Tommy Hilfiger & his wife Dee


Emcee Lara Spencer of Good Morning America welcomes HOF’ers Pam Shriver, Chris Evert, Monica Seles

Emcee Lara Spencer of Good Morning America welcomes HOF’ers Pam Shriver, Chris Evert, Monica Seles


Tennis Channel’s Ken Solomon, Collette Bennett of Rolex and Mark Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis Channel’s Ken Solomon, Collette Bennett of Rolex and Mark Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame


Hall of Famer Charlie Pasarell, HOF Board Member Robb Bunnen and Hall of Famer Stan Smith

Hall of Famer Charlie Pasarell, HOF Board Member Robb Bunnen and Hall of Famer Stan Smith

Rod Laver joins Hall of Fame Chairman Chris Clouer and his wife Patsy

Rod Laver joins Hall of Fame Chairman Chris Clouer and his wife Patsy


Chris Evert with Jamie Reynolds, Vice President, Event Production ESPN

Chris Evert with Jamie Reynolds, Vice President, Event Production