Former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and coach Nick Bollettieri are the latest notable tennis professionals enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The news was announced on Monday afternoon, with the official ceremony taking place on July 12.
Davenport and Bollettieri will be joined by five-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck, executive Jane Brown Grimes, and British tennis broadcaster and author John Barrett in the Class of 2014.
Davenport held the world No. 1 title for 98 weeks, winning three Grand Slam titles in the process (1998 US Open, 1999 Wimbledon and 2000 Australian Open) along with a Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic games. She has also claimed 3 Grand Slam titles in doubles competition.
“I’m so honored by this incredible recognition. I feel very blessed to have had a wonderful tennis career, and now, to be recognized in the Hall of Fame alongside the great champions who have always inspired me is just a tremendous honor,” said Davenport. “I look forward to celebrating with the other members of the Class of 2014 in Newport this summer.”
“Lindsay Davenport had a lengthy, successful career in which she reached the pinnacle of our sport as a competitor — world No. 1 and a Grand Slam champion. This summer, we look forward to celebrating her many accomplishments and contributions to tennis by presenting her with the sport’s highest honor- enshrinement in the International Tennis Hall of Fame,” said Hall of Fame president Stan Smith.
Bollettieri, a legendary coach who has owned and operated the Bollettieri Academy since 1978, has coached 10 players, both male and female, to the No. 1 ranking, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Boris Becker.