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Davenport, Bollettieri, Brown Grimes lead Hall of Fame inductees

March 3, 2014 11:58 AM
Lindsay Davenport is one of just six players to be ranked No. 1 in the world in both singles and doubles simultaneously.
Nick Bollettieri has coached 10 players who have risen to No. 1 in the world.
Jane Brown Grimes has held positions with the USTA, ITF, WTA and the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

By E.J. Crawford, USTA.com

The 2014 International Tennis Hall of Fame class will have a distinctly American flavor, with former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, legendary coach Nick Bollettieri and former USTA President Jane Brown Grimes among the five who will be inducted in July at the home of the Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.

The other inductees, as announced Monday by the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, are five-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck and British broadcaster John Barrett.

“I'm so honored by this incredible recognition,” said Davenport. “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. I look forward to celebrating with the other members of the Class of 2014 in Newport this summer.”

Davenport was one of the finest players of her generation. She finished as the year-end No. 1 player in the world on four occasions (1998, 2001, 2004-05) and in the Top 5 in eight of nine years between 1997 and 2005. The California native with the booming, flat ground strokes won three Grand Slam singles titles – 1998 US Open, 1999 Wimbledon and 2000 Australian Open – and three Grand Slam doubles titles – 1996 French Open, 1997 US Open and 1999 Wimbledon.

For her career, Davenport won 55 career tour singles titles and 38 doubles titles, and she is one of just six players to be ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles simultaneously. She was also a Fed Cup standout, going 33-3 in Fed Cup competition and leading the U.S. to three championships.

Bollettieri in many ways changed the way tennis was taught in the United States. In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the first full-time tennis boarding school, which over the years has drawn some of the finest players in tennis history.

In all, Bollettieri has coached 10 players who ascended to No. 1 in the world, including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier and Monica Seles, and he has also worked with Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Venus Williams, among others.

Brown Grimes, meantime, has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to grow and support the game both in the U.S. and internationally. She served on the USTA Board of Directors for 10 years, including as secretary-treasurer and first vice president before becoming the association’s first female president in 2007.

Brown Grimes was also active with the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, WTA and ITF, serving as the executive director (1981-86) and president (1991-2000) of the Hall of Fame and as the managing director of what became the WTA Board (1986-91).

Information from the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum was used in compiling this story.




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