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International Tennis Hall of Fame to Amend Induction Policies in 2018

5/24/2017

The modifications include the addition of automatic ballot inclusion in the first year of eligibility for players who have attained extraordinary levels of achievement, the elimination of the Master Player Category, and transitioning from annual induction to induction every four years for the Contributor and Wheelchair Tennis Categories. Additionally, Fan Voting will be introduced in 2019.

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Is the Smithsonian in your neighborhood? It is now!

The Smithsonian may be synonymous with Washington, D.C., but the institution's reach extends well beyond the capitol through Smithsonian Affiliations, a national outreach program that develops long-term partnerships with museums and educational organizations. Learn more about what the ITHF's Smithsonian Affiliation means for the Hall of Fame, our local community, and our Advantage Program participants.

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International Tennis Hall of Fame earns prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliation

The Smithsonian Affiliations program aims to bring the resources and experiences of the Smithsonian Institution to communities nationwide. The Hall of Fame is the first and only independent sports Hall of Fame to be selected to participate in the program’s 20+ year history.

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2017 Inductee Monique Kalkman’s Four Greatest Moments

This July, Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch of the Netherlands will enter the International Tennis Hall of Fame as an inductee in the Wheelchair Tennis category. Monique recently reflected on four of her greatest moments in tennis with ITHF historian-at-large Joel Drucker.

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Wheelchair Tennis History

5/9/2017

Have you ever seen wheelchair tennis being played? The sport was founded in 1976 by Hall of Famer Brad Parks and fellow-wheelchair athlete Jeff Minnenbraker. In 1992, the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour began with eleven international tournaments. Since its founding, wheelchair tennis has become one of the fastest growing para-sports. The sport can be played on any regulation-sized tennis court with no modifications in equipment, and the rules are the same as in tennis except that a player is allowed a second bounce of the ball. Wheelchair tennis became a full-medal Olympic sport at the Barcelona Paralympic Games in 1992. Today, the tour includes more than 150 events across the globe.

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Happy Mother's Day!

5/5/2017

The sport we love most would not be the same without the great support of our moms. In the tennis world, we have moms who are our No. 1 fans, our coaches, and even champions themselves.

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