Nick Bollettieri, Lindsay Davenport to Tennis Hall of Fame

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Newport, RI, United States (4E Sports) – Famed tennis instructor Nick Bollettieri, three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport and three other key players in the sport have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Bollettieri and Davenport were joined by five-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck, executive Jane Brown Grimes and broadcaster John Barrett.

Davenport won the 1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon, 2000 Australian Open and 1996 Olympic gold medal on top of her three major doubles titles. She held the world’s No. 1 ranking for 98 weeks in her career.

The 82-year-old Bollettieri has coached 10 players to the No. 1 ranking, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Boris Becker. He is the founder of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, which is now part of IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Bollettieri joins Grimes, who has held executive leadership roles with the WTA, USTA, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and British tennis broadcaster and author John Barrett in the Contributor category.

The 2014 enshrinees were announced today as part of World Tennis Day, which is being marked by tennis events and celebrations around the globe.

The Class of 2014 Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony will be held Saturday, July 12, 2014.

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