Jane Brown Grimes has held positions with the USTA, ITF, WTA and the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.
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By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
After becoming one of the most successful players in the history of American tennis, Lindsay Davenport has taken a deserved place among the sport’s biggest names.
The former world No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam tournament champion was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. Davenport was enshrined along with former USTA President Jane Brown Grimes, renowned coach Nick Bollettieri, five-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendock and broadcaster John Barrett.
In her career, Davenport held the No. 1 ranking for 98 weeks and took the top spot on eight different occasions. She was a gold medalist in singles at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and a winner of the 1998 US Open, 1999 Wimbledon and 2000 Australian Open women's singles titles. She also won three Grand Slam doubles titles during her career.
“I'm so honored by this incredible recognition,” she said. “I feel very blessed to have had a wonderful tennis career, and now to be recognized alongside the great champions who have always inspired me is just a tremendous honor."
In addition to her time as the first female president of the USTA, Brown Grimes is a former managing director of the WTA Tour Board and president of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She echoed the love for Davenport during the ceremony by saying that she hopes “there’s another Lindsay Davenport for all she did for Americans and for women’s tennis.”
Bollettieri has coached numerous players to Grand Slam titles and the No. 1 ranking including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Mary Pierce and Maria Sharapova. He founded the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, located in Bradenton, Fla., which is considered to be the first boarding school tennis academy in the country.
"This is not a Nick Bollettieri award. This award belongs to all of you, all of the people," said Bollettieri. "And this award became possible by people saying, Nick, you can't do it. When anybody says, Nick, you can't do it, that's when I did it.”