Eligibility & Voting Process

In recognition of their achievements as a player and contributions to the growth of the sport, induction in the International Tennis Hall of Fame is the highest honor available in tennis. Since 1954, this honor has been presented to just 252 individuals from 23 nations. Through the Class of 2017, inductees are considered for eligibility in one of three categories, Recent Player, Master Player, or Contributor. Beginning with the Class of 2018, the induction categories, policies, and process will be amended.

Induction Categories (through 2017)

Recent Player

  • Active as competitors in the sport within the last 20 years prior to consideration
  • Not a significant factor on the ATP, WTA, or Wheelchair Tennis tours within 5 years prior to induction
  • Distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship, and character.

Master Player

  • Competitors in the sport who have been retired for at least 20 years prior to consideration
  • Distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship, and character. 

Contributor

  • Exceptional contributions that have furthered the growth, reputation, and character of the sport, in categories such as administration, media, coaching, and officiating.
  • Contributor candidates do not need to be retired from their activities related to the sport to be considered.

Amendments to Induction Policy (Effective 2018)

The International Tennis Hall of Fame has made changes to the policies that govern Hall of Fame induction, effective for the Class of 2018. 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. In addition, beginning with the Class of 2019, the Hall of Fame has plans to introduce a Fan Voting component to the process. Fan Voting will be in addition to a vote by existing Voting Groups, which are comprised of members of tennis media, experts on the sport and its history, and Hall of Famers.

“Induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame is an extraordinary honor reserved for our sport’s most accomplished athletes and transcendent leaders. The policies and procedures that were governing our induction process have served the organization well for many years. That said, it was time for a thorough review to ensure that the policies continue to appropriately direct the induction process and serve the sport of tennis in the best possible way,” stated Todd Martin, CEO.

 

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Nominations

Class of 2017
The Induction Ceremony for the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will take place on July 22, 2017 in Newport, R.I. Former world No. 1’s Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters will be inducted, along with Wheelchair Tennis great Monique Kalkman, renowned tennis journalist and historian Steve Flink, and groundbreaking tennis instructor Vic Braden, who is being honored posthumously.

Class of 2018
Nominations for the Class of 2018 are closed. The Class of 2018 ballot will be announced during the 2017 US Open. 

Class of 2019
We will begin accepting nominations for the Class of 2019 in late fall 2018. Nomination forms will be accessible via this site at that time. 

For additional information about the induction process, please contact Christine Verhar at cverhar@tennisfame.com