Grand Slam champions Ana Ivanovic, Flavia Pennetta, Cara Black and Carlos Moya are the new nominees named to the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2022 ballot, joining Lisa Raymond and Juan Carlos Ferrero who are returning nominees in their second year on the ballot.
The six players have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in the sport:
- Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic won the 2008 French Open and reached the No.1 WTA ranking;
- Italy’s Flavia Pennetta triumphed at the 2015 US Open and occupied the top WTA ranking position in doubles;
- Zimbabwe’s Cara Black was a doubles world No.1 and claimed 10 Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles and mixed doubles;
- American Lisa Raymond is a former doubles world No.1 and 11-time Grand Slam champion in women’s doubles and mixed doubles;
- The nominated ATP players are both former world No.1s from Spain. Carlos Moya triumphed at the 1998 French Open, while Juan Carlos Ferrero clinched the 2003 French Open title.
As mentioned in the introduction, Raymond and Ferrero are back on the ballot for the second year in a row. A nominee remains on the ballot for up to three consecutive years, unless voted in.
Winners will be picked by a combination of fan and expert voting. The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Fan Voting will run October 15 – 31 on vote.tennisfame.com. The Official Voting Group, consisting of historians, journalists, and Hall of Famers, will take place in the coming months.
The Class of 2022 Inductees will be announced early next year. The International Tennis Hall of Fame ceremony is scheduled for July 16, 2022.
I do think Ana deserves to be inducted to the Tennis Hall of Fame. Beyond her on court achievements, she continuously advocate tennis and some of her charitable works outside the court. A bit too soon maybe but well deserved!
Emman Damian, I am rooting for Ana without a doubt. I will vote when the fan voting opens. All players here have obviously deserved their place in the nominations.