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Five To Be Enshrined In International Tennis Hall Of Fame Saturday






On Saturday, July 12 former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, 5-time Paralympic champion Chantal Vandierendonck, legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, tennis industry leader Jane Brown Grimes, and British tennis historian John Barrett will receive the highest honor in tennis; enshrinement in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The new Hall of Famers will be honored in a grand ceremony on Bill Talbert Stadium Court at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I. on Saturday, July 12 at 12 pm.

In addition to the new honorees, Hall of Famers set to take part in the ceremony include Chris Evert, who will introduce Jane Brown Grimes and Brad Parks, who will introduce Chantal Vandierendonck. Lindsay Davenport will be presented by her friend and Tennis Channel colleague Justin Gimelstob, Nick Bollettieri by broadcaster Mary Carillo, and John Barrett by fellow journalist and historian Steve Flink.

Hall of Famers Tracy Austin, Monica Seles, Gigi Fernandez, Pam Shriver, Vic Seixas, Angela Mortimer Barrett, Rosie Casals, Peachy Kellmeyer, Bud Collins, Dick Savitt, Donald Dell, Charlie Pasarell and Owen Davidson will also participate in the ceremony.

Recent Player Category
Six-time Grand Slam tournament champion Lindsay Davenport held the world No. 1 ranking for 98 weeks. She was the year-end No. 1 four times, and is one of just six players to have held both the singles and doubles No. 1 ranking simultaneously. Davenport won three Grand Slam tournament singles titles, as well as three doubles titles. In all, she won an impressive 55 singles and 38 doubles titles, and she counts an Olympic Gold Medal from the 1996 Atlanta Games among her many accomplishments.

Recent Player Category, Wheelchair Tennis
Chantal Vandierendonck, of the Netherlands, was crowned the first ITF World Champion in 1991, a title she also clinched in 1996 and 1997. She won five Paralympic medals and seven singles titles at the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships. She was the world No. 1 player for a total of 136 weeks in singles, and also ranked world No. 1 in doubles. She was the first in a long line of top-ranked Dutch women in wheelchair tennis, and has taken an active role in helping grow the sport.

Contributor Category  
John Barrett has been a leader in many areas of tennis, from broadcaster to tournament director, equipment representative to player. He is one of the sport's premier historians and authors. For nearly 40 years, Barrett worked for Slazenger, ultimately holding the position of International Promotions Director for Tennis. He has produced some of the sport's most comprehensive and interesting written works, including World of Tennis and Wimbledon - The Official History of the Championships. An accomplished broadcaster, he was the unmistakable "Voice of Wimbledon" on BBC from 1971-2006.

Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri has an unparalleled record of discovering and developing tennis champions. He coached 10 world No. 1 players including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, the Williams sisters, and Maria Sharapova. In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the first tennis boarding school that integrated athletic training with academics, now known as IMG Academy. In addition to training elite professionals, Bollettieri has utilized tennis to create opportunities, including training collegiate athletes and developing youth tennis programs in underserved communities.

Jane Brown Grimes has dedicated her life to the growth of tennis around the world, having held leadership roles at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, the Women's Tennis Association, and the United States Tennis Association. She has also actively served on several committees for the International Tennis Federation. Among her many contributions, Brown Grimes helped build a strong foundation for the Hall of Fame, and successfully led the WTA through a pivotal transition. She was at the helm of the USTA during a major period of growth, and oversaw successful US Opens and the launch of 10 & Under Tennis.

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