Katrina Adams named Chairperson of ITHF Enshrinee Nominating Committee
Adams succeeds Stan Smith in the role of leading the committee that is responsible for development of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s induction ballot.
June 21, 2022, NEWPORT, R.I. – Katrina Adams, an accomplished global tennis industry leader and former WTA player, has been named Chairperson of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Enshrinee Nominating Committee (ENC). The ENC is responsible for determining which candidates are deserving of being put on the induction ballot for consideration by the voters, a significant step in the Hall of Fame’s multi-step induction process. Adams, who has served on the ENC for three years and is also a member of the ITHF Executive Committee, succeeds Hall of Famer Stan Smith in the leadership role. “Katrina is uniquely suited to lead the Enshrinee Nominating Committee. Her extensive knowledge of the game combined with her unwavering dedication, unquestioned integrity, and undeniable leadership skills make her the ideal person for guiding this core aspect of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s mission,” stated ITHF Chairman Mike Goss. The Enshrinee Nominating Committee is an independent body comprised of tennis journalists, historians, Hall of Famers, and former players. It is charged with annual review of eligible Hall of Fame candidates to determine which are deserving of being put forth on the ballot for voters. Prior to the ENC’s work, nominations are submitted by the general public and then vetted by a sub-committee for eligibility in accordance with the ITHF’s Polices & Procedures of Enshrinement. Once the ENC determines the ballot of candidates, it is put to vote by the Official Voting Group and a Fan Vote. This vote then ultimately determines who will be the recipients of tennis’ ultimate honor – Hall of Fame induction.
I am honored to have this new opportunity to serve the sport as Chairperson of the Enshrinee Nominating Committee for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. While it may be rooted in history, the Hall of Fame’s mission is so important for the future of tennis. I look forward to working with the committee members and voters who give of their time to ensure that the sport’s most inspiring champions and leaders are celebrated as Hall of Famers, and that their stories are preserved and shared with generations to come,” commented Adams.
Adams is an active and engaged leader across the global tennis community. In addition to her volunteer service to the Hall of Fame, she currently serves as Vice President on the board of the International Tennis Federation and is the Executive Director and President of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program. From 2015 – 2018, she was the first African American to lead the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the first two term Chairman and President of the USTA and the first former player to serve in that role. Adams competed for 12 years on the WTA Tour, winning 20 career doubles titles and reaching the quarterfinals or better in doubles at all four Grand Slam events. To learn more about the International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Process, visit tennisfame.com.