Tennis News Wire -
From Rod Laver's Grand Slams to Mark Woodforde's record-setting doubles career, and Rosie Casals' 100-plus titles and her efforts to develop the women's pro game, each of these tennis legends had immense success in the sport and were instrumental in shaping the history of tennis. In recognition of their achievements, all three were presented the highest honor in the sport- induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Laver was inducted in 1981, Woodforde went in alongside his doubles partner Todd Woodbridge in 2010, and Casals was honored with induction in 1996. In a special ceremony at the BNP Paribas Open, these important achievements were celebrated once again with the presentation of their official Hall of Fame rings.
The ring ceremonies will continue over the next several years, with the next scheduled for the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April.
Joining Laver, Woodforde and Casals for their ring ceremony were fellow Hall of Famers Pancho Segura, Peachy Kellmeyer, Brad Parks, Tony Trabert, Stan Smith, Gigi Fernandez, Donald Dell, Pam Shriver and Class of 2012 Inductee Mike Davies.
Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore, CEO and President of PM Sports Management respectively and Steve Simon, Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas Open also participated in the ceremony, along with International Tennis Hall of Fame Chairman Christopher Clouser.