Chantal Vandierendonck

Born:
January 31, 1965
Place of Birth:
, The Netherlands
Citizenship:
The Netherlands
Induction Category:
Recent Player
Year of Induction:
2014
Highest Ranking
No. 1 ranked for 136 weeks for Singles
No. 1 ranked for 107 weeks for Doubles

Chantal Vandierendonck is deservedly the first female wheelchair tennis player to be enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. One look at her credits is enough to explain why she has sealed such a high honor. The Dutchwoman was a respectable national tennis player as a teenager, but a 1983 car accident altered her plans and aspirations. Vandierendonck turned to wheelchair tennis and soon excelled in the new sport. She was one of the first players to have significant success in the sport, inspiring a long list of talented wheelchair tennis players to come out of her home country. Vandierendonck, of the Netherlands, was crowned the first ITF World Champion in 1991, a title she also clinched in 1996 and 1997. She won five Paralympic medals and seven singles titles at the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships. She was the world No. 1 player for a total of 136 weeks in singles, and also ranked world No. 1 in doubles. She was the first in a long line of top-ranked Dutch women in wheelchair tennis, and has taken an active role in helping grow the sport.

Grand Slam Record

US National Championship

  • US Open Wheelchair Tennis Champion 7 times
  • US Open Wheelchair Tennis Doubles Champion twice

Career Achievements

  • ITF World Champion for Wheelchair Tennis - 1991, 1996, 1997
  • Gold Medalist, Silver Medalist, Bronze Medalist - 1992, 1996