OCTOBER 17, 2022, NEWPORT, R.I. – Wheelchair tennis legends Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands and Rick Draney of the US be part of seven completed ATP and WTA gamers on the poll for induction into the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2023. Draney and Vergeer are nominated for the Corridor of Fame’s Wheelchair Tennis Class. Within the Participant Class, 8-time main doubles champion Daniel Nestor of Canada makes his poll debut.
The six further nominees within the Participant Class, all returning to the poll for the Class of 2023, are:
- Cara Black of Zimbabwe, former doubles world No. 1 and an 11-time Grand Slam champion in doubles and combined doubles
- Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain, 2003 French Open champion and former world No. 1
- Ana Ivanović of Serbia, former world No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion
- Carlos Moyá of Spain, winner of the 1998 French Open and former world No. 1
- Flavia Pennetta of Italy, former doubles world No. 1 and 2015 US Open singles champion
- Lisa Raymond of the US, winner of 11 Grand Slam titles in doubles and combined doubles, and a former doubles world No. 1
Induction into the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame represents the last word honor in tennis, with a sum of the honoree’s achievements and influence as being amongst the very best within the sport’s historical past. With the poll set, the Official Voting Group comprised of tennis journalists, historians, and Corridor of Famers, will solid their ballots within the coming months.
The ITHF’s annual Fan Voting for the Participant Class returns later this week, giving followers across the globe the chance to weigh in on which participant nominees are deserving of Corridor of Fame induction. From Thursday, Oct. 20 by Sunday, Oct. 30, tennis followers can solid their ballots at vote.tennisfame.com.
The highest three candidates within the Fan Vote will obtain added share factors to their vote totals from the Official Voting Group, with first place incomes three share factors, second place two share factors, and third place one share level. To be elected to the Corridor of Fame, candidates should obtain an affirmative vote of a minimum of 75% or larger from the mixed whole of the Official Voting Group outcome, and any bonus share factors earned within the Fan Vote.
“The 9 nominees to the Class of 2023 poll for induction into the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame signify tennis’ best achievements, throughout a number of disciplines of the game,” mentioned Katrina Adams, chairperson of the ITHF’s Enshrinee Nominating Committee. “As a former participant, I respect the laborious work and professionalism every of those world-class athletes possess. Being acknowledged as candidates for tennis’ highest honor, induction into the Corridor of Fame, is a momentous accolade.”
Outcomes from the Fan Vote will likely be introduced shortly after the voting interval. Following the Official Voting Group poll tabulation within the coming months, the Class of 2023 inductees will likely be introduced early subsequent 12 months with the Induction Ceremony scheduled for July 22, 2023.