SEPTEMBER 26, NEWPORT, R.I. – Indian tennis nice Leander Paes is one in every of six nominees within the Participant Class for the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame’s poll for the Class of 2024. Along with Paes, Cara Black, Ana Ivanović, Carlos Moyá, Daniel Nestor and Flavia Pennetta return to the poll within the Participant Class. The poll can even embrace two nominees within the Contributor Class, Indian tennis pioneer Vijay Amritraj and renown journalist Richard Evans.
Fan voting for the Participant Class will happen from Sept. 27 – Oct. 9 at vote.tennisfame.com.
The Participant Class acknowledges ATP and WTA gamers who’ve achieved a distinguished document of aggressive achievement on the highest worldwide degree. The Class of 2024 Participant Class nominees are:
- Cara Black of Zimbabwe, former doubles world No. 1 and a 10-time Grand Slam champion in doubles and blended doubles
- Ana Ivanović of Serbia, former world No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion
- Carlos Moyá of Spain, winner of the 1998 French Open and former world No. 1
- Daniel Nestor of Canada, a former doubles world No. 1 and winner of 12 main titles in doubles and blended doubles
- Leander Paes of India, winner of 18 Grand Slam titles in doubles and blended doubles and a former doubles world No. 1. He makes historical past as the primary Asian man nominated for the Corridor of Fame within the Participant Class.
- Flavia Pennetta of Italy, former doubles world No. 1 and 2015 US Open singles champion
“It means the world to me that I’m the primary Asian man to be nominated for the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame within the Participant Class,” mentioned Paes. “After three many years of ardour for our sport and enjoying for 1.3-plus billion Indians within the Olympics and Davis Cup, I’m thrilled that my arduous work has been acknowledged. I’ve a lot gratitude for my dad and mom, siblings, coaches, Davis Cup captains and everybody who has performed a task in my profession.”
“Tennis has given me a lot, and I hope this nomination evokes each younger child world wide that with ardour in your coronary heart, arduous work and perception in your self, you can also grow to be a champion.”