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Curator's Corner: Alex Olmedo's Winning Spikes

12/14/2017 Curator's Corner

Originally from Peru, Hall of Famer Alex Olmedo was an unlikely US Davis Cup hero. However, thanks to the support of tennis industry leader Perry Jones, the longtime California resident was appointed to the US squad, and went on to lead the Americans to cherished victory. Olmedo won three points in the 1958 final to win the Cup back from the Australians after a three-year streak. The final in Brisbane was wrought with wet conditions, but Olmedo battled through, finding success with the support of these tennis spikes – which are now carefully preserved and displayed at the Hall of Fame.

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Alex Olmedo presented with Hall of Fame Ring at Los Angeles Tennis Club

12/12/2017 Ring

During the summer of 1987, Alex Olmedo stood next to Stan Smith when they were both inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame as members of the same induction class. On Friday, December 8, 2017, the duo once again shared the stage at the Los Angeles Tennis Club when Smith presented Olmedo with his official Hall of Fame Ring during a special evening at the historic tennis club.

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Yannick Noah honored with Davis Cup Award of Excellence


In recognition of his accomplished and dedicated Davis Cup history, France’s Yannick Noah has been honored with the Davis Cup Award of Excellence, presented jointly by the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Tennis Federation. Noah, who competed for France in Davis Cup competition for 13 years and now serves as team captain, received the award at the Draw Ceremony for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final in Lille, France. The award recognizes an individual from the home team who has made a lasting impact on that nation's Davis Cup history and who represents the ideals and spirit of the Davis Cup competition.

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In Memoriam: Jana Novotna, A Great Champion & A Great Friend


Hall of Famer Jana Novotna, the 1998 Wimbledon champion whose impassioned vie for that title left her forever endeared in the hearts and minds of fans around the world, has passed away at age 49 following a courageous battle with cancer. She died on November 19 in the Czech Republic.

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In Memoriam: Pancho Segura, The Best Mind and a Bigger Heart


Hall of Famer Pancho Segura passed away on November 18 at age 96. A self-taught tennis player from humble beginnings in his native Ecuador, Segura went on to top the world rankings and become one of the most highly regarded coaches in the sport. Hall of Fame Historian-At-Large reflects on Segura's legacy on the sport in this piece.

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Tatiana Poutchek honored with Fed Cup Award of Excellence


At the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final, the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) presented the 2017 Fed Cup Award of Excellence to Tatiana Poutchek, a former standout Fed Cup competitor for the Belarus team. The award was presented on court during the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final in Minsk, Belarus, which was being contested between Belarus and the United States. The ITF and the ITHF annually present the Fed Cup Award of Excellence to a representative from the host nation of the Final who has shown great dedication to Fed Cup by BNP Paribas and who represents the ideals and spirit of the competition.

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New Life Trustees Named for the International Tennis Hall of Fame


In recognition of their lengthy and steadfast support of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Hope (Happy) van Beuren, of Newport, and Christopher Clouser, the immediate past Chairman of the Hall of Fame, have been named Life Trustees of the organization.

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Martina Hingis: A Legacy of Enduring Excellence


With an additional ten major titles added to her resume after Hall of Fame induction and a current ranking as the world No.1 doubles player, Martina Hingis retires as one of the sport’s most intriguing & inspiring champions. ITHF historian-at-large Joel Drucker offers his assessment of Hingis’ genius.

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Curator's Corner: The Battle of the Sexes


The Battle of the Sexes opened nationwide on September 29th to rave reviews. It’s exciting to see an important part of our sport’s history on the big screen! Read on to learn more about the events leading up to the match and the match itself, as well as the artifacts in our collection.

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Michael Chang Named Hall of Fame Global Ambassador


In a special ceremony at the Beijing Open it was announced that Hall of Famer Michael Chang has been named a Global Ambassador for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Chang will play an active role in the Hall of Fame's efforts to promote the history of tennis to fans around the globe and to celebrate the inspiring stories of its greatest champions. In particular, he will work with the Hall of Fame to raise awareness for the organization and its mission in the Asian region, where interest in tennis has increased tremendously in recent years and continues to surge.

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