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French tennis greats Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce, both two-time singles champions at Grand Slam tournaments, have been nominated to receive the highest honor in tennis- enshrinement in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Two-time Roland Garros champion Sergi Bruguera of Spain, and Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov, winner of two singles titles and four doubles titles at Grand Slams, join Mauresmo and Pierce in the Recent Player Category of nominees. David Hall of Australia, a six-time ITF World Champion has been nominated in the Recent Player Category for Wheelchair Tennis. Longtime tennis industry leader Nancy Jeffett has been nominated in the Contributor Category in recognition of her lifetime commitment to the growth of the sport, particularly in the areas of women’s professional tennis and junior tennis development.
“Amelie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce, Sergi Bruguera, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and David Hall are among the most inspiring and successful athletes in the history of our sport, and it is a pleasure to recognize their accomplishments with the nomination to receive tennis’ highest honor, enshrinement into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Of course, the success of tennis as a whole is dependent upon committed leaders like Nancy Jeffett who are willing to jump in and inspire growth, and so I’m glad to share the news that she is among the 2015 nominees for the International Tennis Hall of Fame,” said Smith, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987 and now serves as the International Tennis Hall of Fame President and Chair of the Enshrinee Nominating Committee. “I extend my congratulations to the nominees and our gratitude for their many contributions to the sport.”
The Class of 2015 Enshrinement Ceremony will be hosted on Saturday, July 18, 2015 during Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the annual Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event.