Conchita Martínez Among International Tennis Hall of Fame Nominees

Conchita Martínez may be earning a spot in the Tennis Hall of Fame.

The 46-year-old Spanish former tennis player, the first Spanish player to win the women’s singles title at Wimbledon, has landed on the eight-player ballot for next year’s induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Conchita Martínez 

Martínez is eligible for enshrinement in the player category next year, as announced by the ITHOF.

“This is an exciting year for the International Tennis Hall of Fame election process, with a broad-ranging group of candidates and our first ever Fan Vote. The eight candidates on the ballot come from seven nations, and have achieved tremendous results on tennis’ biggest stages – winning Grand Slam titles and Olympic medals, and topping the world rankings,” stated ITHF President Stan Smith, who also serves as Chairman of the Enshrinee Nominating Committee.

“They’ve also each had massive impact on the sport in their home nations as trailblazers, Olympic and Fed and Davis Cup Champions, first-time Slam winners from their countries, and great ambassadors for tennis. Each has done much for the sport and I hope we’ll see their many fans turn out to vote online to support their Hall of Fame candidacy.”

In a 15-year career on the WTA Tour, Martínez won 33 singles titles and 13 doubles titles. She was the 1994 Wimbledon champion, defeating nine-time champion Martina Navratilova in the final.

She was also a finalist at the Australian Open and French Open.

Martínez reached a career high of world No. 2 and spent 190 weeks ranked inside the world’s Top 5. In addition, she was a key member of five championship Fed Cup teams and a three-time Olympic medalist in doubles.

But Martinez isn’t the only Latin player on the ballot…

Sergi Bruguera is one of the men to make the cut.

The 47-year-old Spanish former tennis player won consecutive men’s singles titles at the French Open in 1993 and 1994, a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in men’s singles and reached a career-high ranking of 3 in August 1994.

Bruguera has been selected to captain the Spain Davis Cup team in 2018

Candidates on the ballot for International Tennis Hall of Fame induction are selected from nominations submitted by the general public and tennis community. The ITHF Enshrinee Nominating Committee, which meets annually in June, then reviews all nominations and determines the ballot. The committee is comprised of 23 individuals from around the world with expertise in various areas of the sport.

The ITHF Voting Group, which consists of tennis media and Hall of Famers, then casts their votes. To be inducted, an affirmative vote of 75 percent of returned ballots is required. Votes are tallied by an independent accounting firm.

New for 2019, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has introduced a fan vote component to the process. From Aug. 27 through Oct. 7, fans around the world are able to participate in the Hall of Fame election process by voting online at The top three vote getters in the Fan Vote will receive bonus percentage points added onto their result from the committee to determine their ultimate final result.

The candidate with the highest result in the Fan Vote will receive three additional percentage points, while second and third places will receive two and one additional percentage points respectively.

The results of fan voting will be announced at the conclusion of the voting period in early October. The overall results and the complete Class of 2019 will be announced in January at the Australian Open. The 2019 Induction Ceremony will be hosted on July 20, 2019.

Bruguera & Andre Agassi to Face Off in Rematch of 1996 Atlanta Games Final

Sergi Bruguera is getting a chance at a little Olympic payback…

The 45-year-old Spanish retired professional tennis player will face Andre Agassi in a special exhibition match as part of the Atlanta Open on July 31, providing a rematch of the 1996 Summer Olympics gold medal final in Atlanta.

Sergi Bruguera

The exhibition will be played as Atlanta marks the 20-year anniversary of the Olympic Games.

Agassi, who celebrated his 46th birthday on Friday, is an eight-time Grand Slam singles champion who defeated Bruguera for the 1996 gold medal.

Sergi Bruguera, Andre Agassi & Leander Paes


Bruguera, a two-time French Open champion, won 14 career titles and reached No. 3 in the world rankings.

As of 2014, he has won the most Grand Slam titles for someone not elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Agassi said the exhibition is a chance “to re-live a special Olympic moment.”

Bruguera Among This Year’s Class of 2015 International Tennis Hall of Fame Nominees

Sergi Bruguera’s name is being entered into the annals of tennis history…

The 43-year-old Spanish tennis player is among this year’s nominees for the Class of 2015 International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Sergi Bruguera

Bruguera, best remembered for winning consecutive Men’s Singles titles at the French Open in 1993 and 1994, turned pro in 1988. He retired from professional tennis in 2001.

During his 14-years on the ATP tour, Bruguera amassed a career reacord of 447 wins vs. 271 losses. In1989, he was named the ATP‘s Newcomer of Year. In all, he won 14 career singles titles and three doubles titles.

His highest career ranking came in August 1994 when he reached No. 3 on the ATP charts.

Bruguera will join two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo, who’s now Andy Murray‘s coach, two-time major winner Mary Pierce and multiple singles and doubles Grand Slam winner Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Mauresmo won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006, and spent 39 weeks at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. In June, she was hired to wo

Pierce’s two Grand Slam singles titles came at the 1995 Australian Open and 2000 French Open. She also won one major title apiece in doubles and mixed doubles.

Kafelnikov won the 1996 French Open and 1999 Australian Open in singles, and four Grand Slam doubles trophies.