Charlie Pasarell (far right), shown here during a youth tennis demonstration in Indian Wells, Calif., was an NCAA champion at UCLA before founding NJTL with Arthur Ashe and Sheridan Snyder.
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Charlie Pasarell, who founded NJTL with Arthur Ashe and Sheridan Snyder, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame later this year, joining former US Open champion Martina Hingis, long-time ESPN announcer Cliff Drysdale, as well as Ion Tiriac and Thelma Coyne Long.
Hingis was elected in the recent player category, while Drysdale, Pasarell and Tiriac entered the Hall in the contributor category.
Pasarell won an NCAA title at UCLA and was a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team, before helping grow the sport. As was Drysdale, Pasarell was a key figure at the start of the ATP and has been long associated with the tournament at Indian Wells, Calif.
During a press conference announcing his selection to the Hall of Fame, however, Pasarell made special mention of his affection for NJTL, the nationwide network of more than 600 non-profit youth development organizations that provides free or low-cost tennis, education and life skills programming to more than 250,000 children each year.
"Nothing gives me greater pleasure than going to NJTL conferences, and people who come up to me are doctors or successful businessmen, and to know that they got started in NJTL," Pasarell said.
Hingis won a total of 15 major titles, including nine in women's doubles and one in mixed. In 1997, she won singles titles at three of the four Grand Slam tournaments - the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open - and lost in the final of the French Open. She finished her career with 43 titles in singles and 37 in doubles, and her singles record was 548-133. Hingis also led Switzerland to its only Fed Cup final in 1998 before losing to Spain.
Drysdale was a player in the 1960s and 1970s who reached a career-high ranking of No. 4, then helped start the ATP men's tour, serving as its first president, 1972-74. He has been an ESPN tennis announcer since its first telecast of the sport, a U.S.-Argentina Davis Cup meeting in 1979.
Following his own playing career, which included the 1970 French Open men's doubles title, Tiriac has held key roles as a coach, player manager and tournament promoter. His most noted client was Hall of Fame member Boris Becker.
The induction ceremony will be July 13 in Newport, R.I.
Information from The Associated Press was used in compiling this story.