International Tennis Hall of Fame to
Amend Induction Policies in 2018
International Tennis Hall of Fame-NEWPORT, RI, May 24, 2017 – The International Tennis Hall of Fame has made changes to the policies that govern Hall of Fame induction, effective for the Class of 2018. The modifications include the addition of automatic ballot inclusion in the first year of eligibility for players who have attained extraordinary levels of achievement, the elimination of the Master Player Category, and transitioning from annual induction to induction every four years for the Contributor and Wheelchair Tennis Categories. In addition, beginning with the Class of 2019, the Hall of Fame has plans to introduce a Fan Voting component to the process. Fan Voting will be in addition to a vote by existing Voting Groups, which are comprised of members of tennis media, experts on the sport and its history, and Hall of Famers.
“Induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame is an extraordinary honor reserved for our sport’s most accomplished athletes and transcendent leaders. The policies and procedures that were governing our induction process have served the organization well for many years. That said, it was time for a thorough review to ensure that the policies continue to appropriately direct the induction process and serve the sport of tennis in the best possible way,” stated Todd Martin, CEO.
Changes will include the following:
Development of One Player Category
Automatic Ballot Inclusion & Length of Time on Ballot
Induction Every Four Years for Contributors and Wheelchair Tennis Players
“The leadership of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, along with the 23 volunteers from the global tennis community who serve on the ITHF Enshrinee Nominating Committee carefully reviewed the policies and procedures that govern the induction process. We are confident that these amendments will ensure that the sport continues to have its most accomplished individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Martin.
Since its inception in 1954, 252 individuals hailing from 23 nations have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremony for the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will take place on July 22, 2017 in Newport, R.I. Former world No. 1’s Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters will be inducted, along with Wheelchair Tennis great Monique Kalkman, renowned tennis journalist and historian Steve Flink, and groundbreaking tennis instructor Vic Braden, who is being honored posthumously.