March 29, 2017

Kim Clijsters, Andy Roddick, and Paralympian Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch elected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame

 

 

NEWPORT, R.I., USA, January 23, 2017 – Former world No. 1’s 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. Vic Braden, a groundbreaking tennis instructor who was among the first to apply sports science to his instructional tactics will be inducted posthumously.

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.

More than 20 Hall of Fame tennis legends will gather on court at Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open to officially welcome the Class of 2017. Among those slated to participate are Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Ken Rosewall, Pat Rafter, Stan Smith, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnore, and many more.

Of the honor, Roddick stated, “It’s really special. I love this sport and I love being part of it. I’m moved to know that my presence in the sport will be forever part of tennis history, and I am just incredibly honored to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. I look forward to the induction ceremony in Newport in July.”

Clijsters was unable to travel to the festivities in Melbourne, as she recently gave birth to her third child. However, the 2011 Australian Open champion will be recognized via video sent to the arena. Of the induction honor, she stated, “I feel very, very honored to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. It is a huge honor to be amongst a list of so many great tennis players who I admired when I was growing up, and some great players who I played with in my tennis career as well.”

International Tennis Hall of Fame President and 1987 Hall of Famer Stan Smith stated, “It’s a real pleasure to welcome these five remarkable individuals into the Hall of Fame. Kim, Andy, and Monique compiled outstanding careers, winning the game’s biggest titles and ascending to the world No. 1 ranking. Steve’s lifelong dedication to chronicling the sport’s happenings and history has engaged and educated fans around the world. And, of course, we remember Vic Braden, who transformed how tennis is taught and how athletes are developed. I’m very pleased to congratulate the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and we look forward to celebrating them in Newport in July, and forever as Hall of Famers.”
ITHF Class of 2017_ Andy Roddick_ Kim Clijsters
The Class of 2017 will be officially inducted on July 22, during Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. Tickets for the Induction Ceremony will go on sale in early February. In addition, the class will be celebrated in a tribute exhibit opening in June in the Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which will be displayed for one year.
Recent Player Category: Two World No. 1’s
One of six women in tennis history to simultaneously top the world rankings in singles and doubles, Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, was the world No. 1 player for 19 weeks and was ranked within the world top-5 for 250 weeks during her career. Bolstered by a powerful baseline game and remarkable defensive skills on court, Clijsters won four Grand Slam tournament singles titles. She is a three-time US Open champion (2005, 2009, 2010) and she was also the 2011 Australian Open champion. Clijsters won two major doubles titles, capturing both the French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2003.

Clijsters is a three-time champion at the WTA Tour Championships. She won 41 singles titles in all, including 7 WTA Tour Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 titles. She was a dedicated Belgian Fed Cup team member, leading the team to their first Fed Cup title in 2001 and into the finals again in 2006.

Clijsters retired from tennis in 2007, and then embarked on a second career in tennis with a comeback in 2009. That year, she went on to win the US Open, in what was just her third tournament back on the tour. She was unranked, unseeded, and a wild card entry to the event. Two years later, in 2011, she once again reached the world No. 1 ranking, five years after she had last been there.

Since retirement, Clijsters, now a mother of three, has been focused on her family. She remains engaged in tennis through Kim Clijsters Academy in Belgium, where many juniors train and through competing in Legends events at the Grand Slams.

Andy Roddick, of the United States, is a former world No. 1 and US Open champion. Roddick held the world No. 1 ranking for 13 weeks, and he was year-end No. 1 in 2003. Roddick finished the season in the top-10 of the ATP Rankings for nine straight years (2002 – 2010). He held rankings inside the world top-5 for 187 weeks during the course of his career.

In 2003, Roddick defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero to win the US Open title, closing out the match on three straight aces. He returned to the finals in 2006, and he was also a three-time finalist at Wimbledon. Roddick won 32 singles titles, including five ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. Roddick was a dedicated team member of the United States Davis Cup team for 10 years. In 2007, he was instrumental in leading the U.S. to defeat Russia for their 32nd Davis Cup victory.

Roddick is the founder of the Andy Roddick Foundation, a non-profit that is dedicated to offering enrichment programs for kids outside of the classroom to provide growth opportunities in literacy, STEM, art, and sports. Since retiring from the ATP World Tour, Roddick has stayed active in the sport, competing in WorldTeam Tennis and PowerShares Series events. He has also worked in broadcast for Fox Sports and the BBC.
Wheelchair Tennis Category: A 4-time ITF World Champion with Gold Medals in Multiple Sports

Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, of the Netherlands, is a former wheelchair tennis player who achieved the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles. She was world No. 1 in singles for 126 weeks, and she spent a collective 264 weeks during her career in the world top-5. A passionate athlete from a very young age, Kalkman-van den Bosch was a competitive junior tennis player in The Netherlands, prior to her illness. She was diagnosed with cancer at age 14 and, as a result, was left paralyzed from the waist down. As she recovered, Kalkman-van den Bosch revised her dreams to be fitting of her life as a wheelchair user.

Kalkman-van den Bosch first embraced table tennis, because wheelchair tennis was still in its early years of development and had not been established in Europe. In 1984 she became a Paralympic Gold medalist in table tennis, and then switched her focus to wheelchair tennis in 1986. From 1992 to 1996, Kalkman-van den Bosch won four Paralympic medals in wheelchair tennis, three of them being Gold medals. She is the first and only female athlete to win Paralympic Gold medals in two different individual sports (tennis and table tennis).

In addition to her success in the Paralympics, Kalkman-van den Bosch was the ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champion four times (1992 – 1995) and she was an 8-time singles champion in Super Series events. She was also the winner of the women’s title at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in 1994 and 1995, the first two years that the ITF’s year-end wheelchair singles championship was staged. Kalkman-van den Bosch’s career record of 151-25 singles record and her 53-7 doubles record puts her as one of the winningest wheelchair players of her era.
Monique Kalkman_ ITHF Class of 2017

Upon learning of her Hall of Fame induction, Kalkman-van den Bosch stated, “It’s such a great honor. To have wheelchair tennis celebrated on such a global stage is tremendous, and for my name and my career to be part of that celebration and to be forever remembered as part of tennis history is just a great, great honor.

She continued, “I think the work that the Hall of Fame does, along with the ITF, to celebrate wheelchair tennis is incredibly important. When a person is first injured in a life-changing manner, such as paralysis, there are not obvious role models for them to admire or emulate. By celebrating and promoting wheelchair tennis through the Hall of Fame, we are offering encouragement for recently injured people. It’s important for these people to understand what can be possible for them in their new situations, and I’m so grateful to be part of this.”

Kalkman-van den Bosch has retired from wheelchair tennis and is an active golfer today. She serves as a Wheelchair Tennis Ambassador for the ITF, working to promote the sport worldwide to expand the base of players of all ages and abilities. Additionally, she works as Manager of Participation at Welzorg, the largest supplier of equipment for people with disabilities in the Netherlands. Kalkman-van den Bosch is the founder of the Going4Golf Foundation, which promotes and provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to get involved with golf, with the intention of putting a positive swing in their lives.

Contributor Category: An Insightful Journalist and an Innovative Coach 
 
The tennis community worldwide is defined not only by the great champions and athletes on court each week, but also by the thousands of passionate tennis industry professionals who support the growth of the game. The Contributor Category honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions that have furthered the growth, reputation, and character of the sport, in categories such as administration, media, coaching, and officiating. There are two contributor inductees this year.
Vic Braden_ Steve Flink_ ITHF Class of 2017

A lifelong tennis enthusiast, Steve Flink of New York, developed his passion for the sport into a career as one of tennis’ preeminent historians and journalists globally. Flink began his career in tennis in the early 1970s when Hall of Famer Bud Collins hired him to help with research at Wimbledon and the US Open. By 1974, he was on staff at World Tennis magazine, where he was a writer and editor until 1991, eloquently sharing the stories of tennis tournaments around the world to readers at home. From 1992 to 2007, he was senior writer for Tennis Week. For the past ten years, he has been lead columnist for tennischannel.com.

Flink’s extraordinary knowledge of the sport is highly regarded around the globe, whether he is analyzing the most impactful moments and champions in tennis history or recalling statistics. Many of the game’s greatest champions have been known to defer to Flink when questioned on a stat in their own personal history.

Flink is the author of two significant historical books – The Greatest Tennis Matches of the 20th Century and The Greatest Tennis Matches of All-Time. Additionally, for 12 years, he authored player portraits for historian and Hall of Famer John Barrett’s annual book, World of Tennis. Flink has also extended his work into broadcast, including on-air work for ESPN and MSG Network. He also has spent more than 25 years as tennis correspondent for CBS Radio and as a statistician for ABC, CBS, and NBC.

“I have been so fortunate to have built an entire career around something I love so deeply. It has been my honor to transcribe to the world through my work the great moments and the remarkable personalities of tennis,” said Flink. “Across all these years, I never could have imagined that I would someday be recognized as a Hall of Famer and as a part of this sport’s history. I am so very humbled and honored to be recognized.”

Vic Braden was a tennis instructor, a transformative educator of tennis teachers, and lifelong student of the game himself. Braden was a pioneer in the scientific studies of the physics of tennis, and he dedicated his tennis career to bringing rational, research-based instruction to tennis in a way that made the instruction clear and enjoyable.

Braden combined his training as a psychologist, and his passion for the sport to create unique platforms to expand public interest and participation in tennis. He was involved in the development of some of the sport’s most successful players, including Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, and he trained the coaches of many of the game’s top professional players. However, his work was not solely focused on elite athletes, but was also highly focused on teaching tennis teachers, so they could engage recreational players in the sport in a meaningful way, thereby growing the game significantly.

Braden was the co-founder of the Coto Sports Research Center and the Vic Braden Tennis Colleges in numerous locations worldwide. He served on the board of the Vic Braden Sports Institute for Neurological Research. He was a professor at UCLA and served as a tennis coach at the University of Toledo. Braden was a skilled communicator as well. He produced engaging tennis training materials, was the author of six books, and was a frequent commentator on major network broadcasts of the sport. Braden will be inducted posthumously. He passed away in 2014 at age 85.
About the Induction Process

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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Tennis Magazine, Mark Miles & Larry Scott to be honored at The Legends Ball

 

Hall of Fame Tennis Legends, Tennis Magazine,
and Sports Executives Mark Miles and Larry Scott to be honored at
The Legends Ball presented by BNP Paribas

More than 20 Hall of Famers, tennis industry leaders, and dedicated tennis enthusiasts will gather for a celebration of the sport to benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 12 at Cipriani 42nd

Street, NYC.
 
– The evening will be emceed by ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Cari Champion. –
– Jazz musician Jon Batiste, who made his debut as bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, is scheduled to perform. –

NEWPORT, R.I., September 9, 2015 – The tennis world goes glam off the courts during US Open Finals weekend when more than 500 guests will gather on Saturday, September 12 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City for The Legends Ball presented by BNP Paribas. The annual social event hosted by the International Tennis Hall of Fame celebrates tennis and honors some of the sport’s greatest champions and contributors. Proceeds of the event will benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame to support the organization’s mission of preserving and promoting the history of the sport.

 

The evening will pay tribute to the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2015, which features former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, 6-time Paralympic medalist David Hall, and longtime tennis industry leader Nancy Jeffett. The Legends Ball presented by BNP Paribas is co-chaired by Jody and John Arnhold, Marjorie and Jon Pastel, Barbara and Gary Tolman, and Katie and Todd Traina.

 

More than 20 Hall of Fame tennis legends are expected to participate in the evening’s festivities including Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Virginia Wade, Tracy Austin, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Pam Shriver, Gigi Fernandez, Nancy Richey, Rosie Casals, Maria Bueno, Peachy Kellmeyer, Jane Brown Grimes, Stan Smith, Vic Seixas, Owen Davidson, Brad Parks, Butch Buchholz, Charlie Pasarell, Donald Dell, and Ion Tiriac. Additional special guests will include 2013 Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli and American tennis great Jimmy Arias.

A special highlight of the evening will be a tribute to the Original 9, the nine women who famously signed $1 contracts to turn pro with the Virginia Slims Circuit, the forerunner to today’s WTA Tour.

 

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion, formerly of Tennis Channel, will be the evening’s Master of Ceremony. The Legends Ball will feature a live musical performance by Jon Batiste, a New Orleans-bred, New York-based jazz musician, who made his debut as bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night.

 

Sports industry executives Mark Miles and Larry Scott will be guests of honor at the event, during which they will be recognized for their extensive contributions to tennis by presentation of the Eugene L. Scott Award.  The award is given annually to honor an individual who embodies Scott’s commitment to communicating honestly and critically about the game, and who has had a significant impact on the tennis world. Scott will be introduced by Hall of Famer Billie Jean King and Miles will be introduced by Hall of Famer Charlie Pasarell.

 

Mark Miles was CEO of the ATP Tour from 1990 – 2005, during which time he stabilized and significantly developed the Tour in the areas of revenue, marketing initiatives, prize money increases, and expansion, with new events in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. He has since gone on to be a successful leader in motorsports as President & CEO of Hulman & Company, which is comprised of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, and other entities.

Larry Scott served as CEO of the WTA Tour from 2003 – 2009, during which time the tour achieved the long-sought goal of equal prize money for women at tennis’ grand slam events, signed the largest-ever sponsorship in professional tennis, and created a  landmark global partnership with UNESCO. Scott also served in various leadership roles with the ATP Tour from 1989 – 2003. Scott currently serves as Commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference

 

Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Award to The Tennis Media Company. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the company’s signature publication, Tennis Magazine, which was launched in May 1965. Next year, TMC will begin its third decade of producing daily content on Tennis.com, and, at the beginning of last year, the company launched Tennis Tuesday, which has since become the sport’s fastest-growing weekly digital publication.

 

The Legends Ball is proudly presented by BNP Paribas. In addition, major sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, EMC, Alex and Ani, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, and Fila, which will debut FILA + UO, a  new and exclusive women’s collection produced by the iconic sportswear line that is available only at Urban Outfitters.

 

The Legends Ball, held annually since 1980, brings the tennis world together to celebrate the history of the game and honor some of the sport’s great contributors all while serving as an important fundraiser for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

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Mauresmo, Hall, and Jeffett Headline the 2015 Tennis Hall of Fame

Hall of Famers gathered in Newport to welcome the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Left to right: Stan Smith, Owen Davidson, Jane Brown Grimes, Rosie Casals, ITHF Chairman Christopher Clouser, Peachy Kellmeyer, Pam Shriver, Gigi Fernandez, Vic Seixas, Brad Parks, David Hall, Nancy Jeffett.    Photo by Kate Whitney Lucey

Hall of Famers gathered in Newport to welcome the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Left to right: Stan Smith, Owen Davidson, Jane Brown Grimes, Rosie Casals, ITHF Chairman Christopher Clouser, Peachy Kellmeyer, Pam Shriver, Gigi Fernandez, Vic Seixas, Brad Parks, David Hall, Nancy Jeffett. Photo by Kate Whitney Lucey

 

By Jack Cunniff

(July 18, 2015) NEWPORT, Rhode Island – The International Tennis Hall of Fame inducted three new members on Saturday afternoon, Amelie Mauresmo and David Hall in the Recent Player category and Nancy Jeffett in the Contributor category.

 

Mauresmo, who could not attend the ceremony due to the impending birth of her first child, was the first Frenchwoman to ever achieve the No. 1 ranking and won two major events in her career, the 2006 Australian Open and 2006 Wimbledon Championships. Her first significant achievement as a professional was in January 1999, reaching her first major final at the Australian Open. The tennis world took notice of her game, a mix of power and grace, and over the next several years Mauresmo added an effective volley and net game to her repertoire. These added dimensions culminated in her most successful year, when she captured two of the four major events in 2006.

 

In total, Mauresmo won 25 WTA Singles titles, including the year-end WTA Tour Championships in 2005. She also represented France in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, winning a silver medal in Athens 2004, and was a seven-time member of the French Fed Cup team, including the 2003 squad that won the championship.

 

Mauresmo retired from professional tennis following the 2009 U.S. Open, but has not disappeared from the tennis scene. Today she is the coach of Andy Murray, the No. 3 ranked player, a rare women’s coach on the ATP Tour. She also successfully coached her countrywoman Marion Bartoli to the 2013 Wimbledon title, and since 2012 has been the coach of the French Federation Cup Team.

 

David Hall of Australia is a former No. 1 ranked wheelchair tennis player. When he was 16, David was involved in a car accident that resulted in the amputation of both legs. Very soon after, he was inspired when he saw a photograph of a wheelchair tennis player. He used tennis as an outlet, and turned a negative into a positive. His incredibly successful wheelchair tennis career includes six Paralympic medals, including a gold medal in Wheelchair Singles in his hometown of Sydney, and 32 singles championships. Hall was introduced by his former coach, Rich Berman.

 

Nancy Jeffett was introduced by Hall-of-Famer Pam Shriver. In her comments, Shriver highlighted Jeffett’s accomplishments, most notably co-founding the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation with “Little Mo” Connolly. To this day, the MCB Foundation sponsors junior tennis tournaments, and helps develop and support junior players worldwide. Shriver also noted that Jeffett was influential in the decision to host a 1965 Davis Cup tie featuring Arthur Ashe in a Dallas public park, foreshadowing the move of the U.S. Open to a public facility.

 

The Enshrinement Ceremony also featured the Hall of Fame ring presentation to Billie Jean King, a 1987 Tennis Hall of Fame inductee.

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Tennis Hall of Famer Doris Hart Passes Away at 89

From the International Tennis Hall of Fame (May 30, 2015) NEWPORT, R.I.,– Doris Hart, an American tennis champion who won 35 major tournament titles in the 1940s and 1950s, passed away at home in Coral Gables, Florida on May 29. She was 89 years old.
In recognition of her outstanding tennis accomplishments, Hart was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1969.
Hart was the first player in the history of the sport to have won a career boxed set, meaning she won every title possible over the course of her career – singles, doubles, and mixed doubles at all four major tournaments. To this day, Margaret Court Smith and Martina Navratilova are the only other players to have achieved this feat.

 

Her 35 major titles were comprised of six in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and 15 in mixed doubles. She is ranked fifth in the sport’s history for most major titles.
At the 1951 Wimbledon Championships Hart won all three titles – singles, doubles, and mixed doubles – dropping just one set in the entire tournament. Making the feat even more extraordinary was the fact that she played all three matches on the same day due to rain delays.
She would go on to sweep a major tournament twice more. In 1952, she won all three titles at the French Championships, and in 1954, she won all three titles at the U.S. Championships.
In addition to her success at the major tournaments, Hart amassed 325 tournament titles over her illustrious career. She was ranked in the world Top-10 for ten straight years (1946-1955), ascending to No. 1 in 1951. She was not ranked lower than world No. 4 during that 10-year stretch.
Hart’s immense level of accomplishment was achieved despite suffering from osteomyelitis, a bone infection in her right leg that resulted in a permanent impairment. While she may not have been able to move around the court with as much ease as others, she made up for this with strategy and impeccable racquet control.
Hall of Famer Shirley Fry-Irvin, with whom Hart won 11 major titles, remembered her friend today.
“Doris and I first played doubles together in 1949 when her brother Bud decided I would be a good partner for Doris because I could run down the lobs. Turns out Bud was right, Doris and I had a pretty good doubles career. More importantly, we became best friends and traveling companions, and shared many hilarious adventures along the way. I will miss my friend Doris, but I know she is finally at peace and probably chasing down balls on two good legs now,” reflected Fry-Irvin.
Included in Hart and Fry-Irvin’s 11 titles were a record four straight victories at Roland Garros (1950-1953), during which time they dropped just one set. They also won three Wimbledon and four U.S. Championships together. Hart’s 15 major titles in mixed doubles were a result of two successful partnerships. Eight of the titles were won alongside Australian Frank Sedgman and seven were won with fellow American Vic Seixas.
Being a member of the United States Wightman Cup Team was immensely important to Hart and she was an integral team member from 1946 to 1955. She compiled a 14-0 record in singles and an 8-1 record in doubles.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hart grew up in Coral Gables, Florida. She had a successful junior tennis career and she played for the University of Miami from 1947-1949.
After retiring from her competitive playing career, she spent time as a teaching professional and she was the author of the book, Tennis with Hart, published in 1955.
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International Tennis Hall of Fame Set to Re-open with Roger Federer Hologram Exhibit

From the Tennis Hall of Fame – NEWPORT, R.I., May 11, 2015 – After three years of planning and a $3 million renovation, the Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame is set to re-open to the public on May 20, with a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.The museum collection has been completely reinterpreted and the galleries have been redesigned to deliver an entirely new, engaging visitor experience. The intent of the new museum is to draw visitors into the content through interactive exhibits and a cohesive narrative of tennis history as told through the lives and careers of the 243 Hall of Famers who built the sport. More than 1,900 artifacts of tennis history are displayed throughout the exhibit galleries, ranging from Rod Laver’s first Wimbledon trophy to the golden shoes that Serena Williams wore in her first French Open victory.

Multimedia technology is integral to the new museum experience, with a highlight being a hologram of Roger Federer talking about why he loves tennis. It is the first use of holographic technology in a sports museum in the United States.

 

Sneak Peak! The Roger Federer Experience

 

“Tennis history dates back to the 12th century and it evolves with tournaments around the world weekly. There have been extraordinary people and moments throughout the sport’s history – Arthur Ashe’s 1968 US Open victory, Billie Jean King’s Battle of the Sexes triumph, Martina and Chrissie’s rivalry and friendship, the unstoppable Australian Davis Cup teams, and so much more. This new museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame will share the stories of the sport’s legends with the world in a really exciting way, and it will hopefully serve as an inspiration for the next generation of tennis greats and fans,” said Todd Martin, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

In creating the new museum, the Hall of Fame’s collection of more than 25,000 artifacts, and hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and publications was completely reinterpreted. The museum is designed to appeal to dedicated tennis fans and casual visitors alike, which is achieved through engaging storytelling in the museum narrative and the use of an array of objects including art, fashion, and items of historical relevance beyond the tennis courts.

“Our goal is for visitors to leave the museum feeling educated about and inspired by the rich history of tennis,” said Douglas Stark, museum director. “We designed the exhibits in a way that people could participate in the learning process together – a touch table in which you can ‘serve’ tennis history questions back and forth, video walls in which you can select match highlights and watch together, artifacts from 60 years ago and artifacts from last season so as to appeal to a span of generations, among other aspects. The new museum will provide visitors with a memorable experience in which they will learn about the history of tennis, and its impact on and off the courts.”

 

The new museum was funded through the Match Point Capital Campaign, which was co-chaired by Edgar Woolard and Christopher Clouser, chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The campaign, which was the Hall of Fame’s first in 14 years, has raised $14.8 million of the $15 million goal. The museum project is a highlight of the campaign, which will also result in a new indoor tennis facility, new office and retail space, new grandstands in Bill Talbert Center Court, and other improvements to the Hall of Fame property, all of which are slated to open in 2015-2016.

 

“The International Tennis Hall of Fame is committed to serving the sport of tennis by preserving and promoting its great history, and the new museum is an extraordinary representation of this,” commented Clouser. “We are grateful to the donors who share in our passion for tennis and supported the capital campaign to make this world-class museum a reality. It would not have been possible without the support of so many who have helped us build the museum content – Roger Federer’s time on the hologram, Hall of Famers who donated artifacts, the ATP, WTA, ITF, the Grand Slams, and our incredibly hard-working staff and the talented museum development vendors. We are set to deliver a tremendous museum experience and we are appreciative to all who have made this happen.”

 

Rolex, a long time supporter of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and a highly engaged sponsor in tennis worldwide, has committed to a new, multi-year partnership with the museum.

The Roger Federer Experience

A highlight of the new museum will be a holographic theatre in which visitors feel as though they are in the room with Roger Federer, one of the sport’s all-time greatest champions. When visitors walk into the theatre, the hologram of Federer welcomes visitors and begins a dynamic monologue about a topic that museum visitors and Federer have in common – a love of tennis. Federer then takes the visitor through his top-10 list of the reasons why he loves the sport, ranging from the athletic beauty of tennis to the challenge of it being an individual sport, all while showcasing a few of his signature shots.

“It was an honor to be asked to be the hologram at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and I was quite happy to take on the project,” commented Federer. “I’ve always had an interest in the history of our sport and I believe we’ve been fortunate to be able to learn from and build on that history. The Hall of Fame does a tremendous job of preserving our sport’s history and celebrating it with the world. I’m glad to be able to support those efforts by helping to create a fun experience in their museum.”

An Interactive Museum Experience

Interactive, educational experiences abound throughout the new museum.

 

Tennis aficionados can test their knowledge of the sport on a five-foot touch table at which they can stand at either end and “serve ” tennis history questions back and forth to each other.

 

The “Call the Match” exhibit offers visitors the chance to record themselves taking on the role of broadcast luminaries like Cliff Drysdale, John Barrett, and Mary Carillo.

 

A large, rotating globe highlights the worldwide impact of the sport. At the globe, visitors can select a nation to learn more about tennis tournaments taking place there in any given week, and about the players and tournaments from that nation.

 

Interactive video walls throughout the museum offer fans an opportunity to re-live classic tennis moments through video highlights of WTA, ATP, and Grand Slam tournament matches.
The Galleries
The new museum tells the story of tennis history from its origins through present-day. Objects throughout the narrative are clearly linked to the Hall of Famers, personalizing their stories within the sport’s history.
The museum is divided into three chronological areas: The Birth of Tennis (1874 – 1918);  The Popular Game (1918 – 1968); and  The Open Era (1968 – Present). 
Themes of focus include the sport’s evolution from medieval monasteries to lawn tennis, the development of early international tournaments and early pro tours, infusion of tennis in pop culture and the rise of celebrity among athletes, the impact of technology on the sport in terms of equipment and media coverage, the dawn of the Open Era ,and the growth of the WTA and ATP tours. The museum narrative also examines the sport’s forays into social matters, including politics, diversity, and the rise of women’s game.
 The Grand Slam Gallery shares detail on the sport’s four majors, their champions, and their most iconic moments. The Global Tennis Community Gallery examines the sport’s broad global impact, with focus on the Olympic Games, Fed Cup and Davis Cup, and Wheelchair Tennis. The interactive globe is a centerpiece of this gallery.
In addition to the three chronological areas, there are two galleries specifically dedicated to the Hall of Famers. The Woolard Family Enshrinement Gallery pays tribute to all 243 Hall of Famers through interactive kiosks featuring photos, videos, and records. The Rosalind P. Walter Tribute Gallery to the Hall of Famers will be a multimedia gallery dedicated to the current year’s class of inductees.
Additional detail on the exhibits and the artifacts within each is highlighted on the Hall of Fame’s website, tennisfame.com. A new Hall of Fame website will be launched later this month.
The Newport Casino’s architecture revealedA primary goal of the museum renovation was to better showcase the Newport Casino, the National Historic Landmark buildings and grounds in which the Hall of Fame is located. Through the renovation, three magnificent fireplaces that had been covered by temporary walls for 25 yeas have been revealed. Additionally, original furnishings from the building, which was built in 1880, are exhibited. The exhibits and display cases in the new museum are positioned within the original design of the building to showcase the architecture as part of the museum experience.

Tennis History Evolves Daily
Tennis records have the potential to be set and broken with weekly tournaments around the world, and future Hall of Famers are constantly adding to their resumes.
As such, the new museum goes beyond focusing on the sport’s past, but also serves as a resource to showcase the sport today and how it is constantly evolving.  The new museum will feature a number of items from current and recently retired player’s careers. Grand Slam apparel worn by Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Jelena Jankovic is showcased in the museum, as are the shoes worn by Andy Roddick in his last match, among many other recently acquired items.
The Art of Tennis

From Maria Bueno’s grace on court to Roger Federer’s elegant shot making, it’s not uncommon for tennis to be commended for its beautiful, art-like nature. As such, the sport has served as an inspiration for a variety of mediums, and a range of tennis-inspired art is shown throughout the new museum.

 

A 1538 Renaissance painting that is believed to be the earliest known painting of the sport is a highlight. Visitors will also see an original Andy Warhol portrait of Chris Evert, one of an exclusive series of 10 sport superstars of the 1970s. Prints created by celebrated American painter George Bellows are exhibited as well. A bronze resin sculpture of Steffi Graf capturing her in motion and forever memorializing her distinctive and lethal inside-out forehand is also a highlight of the art collection.

 

Stained glass featuring tennis players, vintage advertising, varied colorful prints, and a display of more than 100 vintage tennis ball cans also showcase the sport in an artistic means.

 

Project Team

A large team of exhibit designers, media producers, and contractors have been working on the museum renovation at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Development of the museum experience was lead by Douglas Stark, museum director. Additionally, a 12-person Museum Committee was integral to the project. The committee was chaired by Katherine Burton Jones and Jefferson T. Barnes served as vice-chair.Exhibit Design: HealyKohler Design, Takoma Park, Maryland

Exhibit Fabrication and Case Work: 1220 Exhibits, Nashville, Tennessee

Media Production, including holographic theater: Cortina Productions, McLean, Virginia

General Contractor: Behan Bros., Inc., Middletown, Rhode Island

Opening the Doors!
The museum will officially re-open on Wednesday, May 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
Beginning May 21, the Hall of Fame will return to its normal hours, open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The museum will stay open until 6 p.m. in July and August.
As part of the Hall of Fame’s commitment to inspiring and engaging children with tennis, admission to visit the museum is free of charge for children ages 16 & Under. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students, senior, and military.
The museum experience is self-guided, or visitors may opt to purchase an audio tour for $3. The audio tour is available in multiple languages, and is narrated by Hall of Famers, adding a fun twist to the visitor experience. In June, July, and August, guided tours will be offered daily at 11 am and 2 pm.
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Tennis Hall of Famer Dorothy “Dodo” Cheney Passes Away at 98

Dodo Cheney photo courtesy of the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Dodo Cheney photo courtesy of the International Tennis Hall of Fame

(November 25, 2014)  –  The International Tennis Hall of Fame  announced on Tuesday the death of 2004 inductee Dorothy “Dodo” Cheney. She was 98 years old. She passed away surrounded by her family in Escondido, Calif. on November 23, following a brief illness.

Cheney first started playing as a young child and was an active competitor well into her 90s. Cheney won an extraordinary 391 gold balls – this is awarded by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to winners of its national titles, amateur or professional, junior or senior. Among her 391 national titles, Cheney was a champion numerous times in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, across various age levels, and on all surfaces.

 

In 1938, Cheney became the first American woman to win the Australian Championships (now known as the Australian Open). She was a runner up three times in women’s doubles at Grand Slam tournaments and four times in mixed doubles. In addition to her Australian Championships title, Cheney reached four semifinals at the U.S. Championships and one semifinal each at Wimbledon and the French Championships.

 

Cheney was ranked in the world top-10 in the late 1930s through mid 1940s. She reached a career high of World No. 6 in 1946. She was the No. 3 ranked player in the United States in 1937, 1938, and 1941. She competed against peers including Hall of Famers Helen Wills Moody, Alice Marble, Sarah Palfrey Cooke, and Pauline Betz Addie, among others.

 

Cheney was the daughter of Wimbledon and U.S. Nationals Champion, Hall of Famer May Sutton Bundy and U.S. Nationals Doubles Champion Tom Bundy. In 2002, at age 85, Cheney and her daughter Christie Putnam won the USTA National Grass Court Super-Senior Mother Daughter Championships.

 

Cheney was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur. She is survived by two daughters, Christie Putnam and May Cheney; a son, Brian Cheney; eight grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

 

Cheney was passionate about the development of junior tennis players. In lieu of flowers, her family has suggested gifts to the junior tennis program of one’s choice in her memory.

 

A private memorial service will be scheduled at a future date.

 

Statement from USTA Chairman, CEO and President Dave Haggerty on the passing of Dorothy “Dodo” Cheney: 

 

“Dodo Cheney was one of the most prolific champions in the history of tennis and the personification of tennis truly being a lifetime sport. She played competitively into her 90s, and her remarkable grace, singular class and competitive spirit made her one of our sport’s greatest ambassadors. She will be sorely missed by the sport that she loved.”

 

A 2004 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, Cheney was the personification of tennis as a lifetime sport. She became the first American woman to win the Australian Championships (1938) and reached the semifinals at every other major, including four such appearances at the U.S. National Championships.  Cheney went on to win more than 390 USTA National titles in a career that saw her play well into her 90s. She was 98.

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Tennis Hall of Famer Louise Brough Clapp Dies at 90

Brough

(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.

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The 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductions Reveal the Importance of Growing the Sport

Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis

by Jack Cunniff

(July 13, 2013) NEWPORT, R.I. – While Martina Hingis headlined the International Tennis Hall of Fame ceremonies  as 2013 Recent Player inductee, the event had the decided feel of an Old Boys club, with contemporaries Cliff Drysdale, Ion Tiriac, and Charlie Pasarell sharing the stage as inductees in the Contributor category.

The most decorated of the newest members was actually Thelma Coyne Long, inducted in the Master Player category.  Playing from 1935-1958, Coyne Long amassed 20 titles at Grand Slam events while playing from 1935 – 1958, including 19 in her native Australia.   Her best discipline was Women’s Doubles, in which she won 13 Women’s Doubles titles.  Coyne Long, 94, lives in Australia and couldn’t travel to Newport, RI for the induction, so countryman Rod Laver accepted on her behalf.  Laver shared Coyne Long’s accomplishments, not just as a tennis champion, but as a World War II hero.  She was awarded an Australian War Medal in recognition of her service in the Red Cross and Australian Women’s Army.

While Laver himself wasn’t being inducted – that event occurred over 30 years ago, in 1981 – he was frequently mentioned by the other honorees.  There was a great brotherhood displayed by the 2013 class, as they shared stories of each other.  It was obvious that these individuals and their contributions helped to grow the sport, and Hingis’ closing comments would reveal why those contributions make a difference beyond sport.

Ion Tiriac, a former Top Ten player from Romania, was the next inducted, presented by Senator George Mitchell.  While a fine player in his era, Tiriac’s induction was the result of his broad contributions to the sport: as a coach, manager, promoter, and tournament director.  In his comments, Tiriac reminisced about a five set French Open loss to Laver, and three Davis Cup losses to Stan Smith, who was in attendance as a member and President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  Tiriac, who won the 1970 French Open Men’s Doubles with fellow Romanian Ilie Nastase, noted that today’s players make millions of dollars, but “they’re never going to have the ties that we had,” acknowledging the close friendships cultivated with his former competitors.

Cliff Drysdale, like Tiriac, was an accomplished player who has become better known for his other contributions to tennis.  Drysdale was presented by his son, Greg, who marveled at his father’s 34-year career in tennis broadcasting.  In fact, “Cliffie” was part of ESPN’s first tennis broadcasts back in 1979. Drysdale, born in South Africa but now a U.S. citizen, spoke fondly of his generation of players as well.  He shared his memories of the locker room emptying out to watch Laver hit topspin backhands, and Pasarell’s “cockamamie” dreams of forming the Association of Tennis Professionals.  Cliff also thanked his ESPN colleagues in attendance: Patrick McEnroe, Chris Folwer, Chris McKendrick, and Pam Shriver.

The third Contributor inducted was Charlie Pasarell. Pasarell was the top-ranked American player in 1967, but beyond his on-court accomplishments, he co-founded the National Junior Tennis League and was tournament director in Indian Wells.  Pasarell was a former UCLA teammate and roommate of the late Arthur Ashe, and it was Arthur’s wife Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe who presented Charlie.  The rain showers that briefly interrupted the ceremonies were “tears of joy” from Arthur for his good friend’s achievement.  The breadth of Pasarell’s accomplishments in tennis was evident by the long and varied list of people he thanked in his comments.

While the most recent Contributor members of the Hall of Fame shared memories of their generation, the Recent Player inductee, Martina Hingis, is from a different age.  Only 32-years old, Hingis is one of the youngest Tennis Hall of Fame inductees.  In her era, Hingis didn’t face the challenge of growing tennis as a professional sport.  Instead, the international scope of tennis provided Hingis an opportunity to escape from behind the Iron Curtain.  Born in Czechoslovakia in 1980, Hingis’ mother and coach, Melanie Molitor, saw tennis as a means for relocation and greater opportunity in Switzerland.  Hingis, was named for the legendary player Martina Navratilova, and she noted that the original Martina was not just a great player but also a symbol of freedom, having defected from Czechoslovakia in 1975.  Hingis’ tennis accomplishments are vast.  Fifteen titles in Grand Slam events, including five singles titles and a calendar year Grand Slam in Women’s Doubles in 1998. Over 200 weeks spend as the top ranked woman in the world.  Eighty-one total titles in her career, including 43 singles titles.  But Hinigs didn’t focus on those achievements in her comments.  Instead she explained that the sport, grown through the dedication of her 2013 Hall of Fame inductees, gave her freedom and a better life.

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