Friday, September 6, 2013

Ex-Capital Davenport nominated for Hall of Fame

Lindsay Davenport, playing for the Newport Beach Breakers
against the host Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis
last year, reached No. 1 in the world in singles and doubles.
Photo by Paul Bauman
   Lindsay Davenport, a former Sacramento Capitals star in World Team Tennis, and six other luminaries were nominated Thursday for enshrinement in the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport, R.I., next year.
   Also on the ballot are former players Mary Pierce and Conchita Martinez, wheelchair player Chantal Vandierendonck, coach Nick Bollettieri, executive Jane Brown Grimes, and British broadcaster and author John Barrett.
   Voting will take place over the next several months, and the Class of 2014 will be announced early next year. An international media panel, consisting of tennis journalists and authors, will cast ballots on the players. An international masters panel, comprised of Hall of Famers and tennis historians, will vote on the contributors. Candidates in either category must receive 75 percent affirmative votes for induction.  
   Davenport, 6-foot-2 (1.89 meters), reached No. 1 in the world in singles and doubles. The 37-year-old resident of Laguna Beach in Southern California won six Grand Slam titles, three in singles (1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon and 2000 Australian Open) and three in doubles (1996 French Open with Mary Joe Fernandez, 1997 U.S. Open with Jana Novotna and 1999 Wimbledon with Corina Morariu). Davenport also earned the singles gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
   Playing for the Capitals, Davenport was named the WTT Female Rookie of the Year at 17 years old in 1993 and the Female MVP in 1997. She competed on three of Sacramento's record six WTT championship teams -- in 1997, 1998 and 2007.
    Davenport also was known for her down-to-earth personality and unfailing cooperation with the media. 
    Pierce, 38, of France captured four Grand Slam titles, two in singles (1995 Australian Open and 2000 French Open), one in doubles (2000 French Open with Martina Hingis) and one in mixed doubles (2004 Wimbledon with Mahesh Bhupathi).
    Martinez, 41, remains the only Spanish woman to win Wimbledon, having stunned nine-time champion Martina Navratilova in 1994.
   ITA to honor Crawford -- Roger Crawford, 52, of Granite Bay in the Sacramento area will receive the 2013 Intercollegiate Achievement Award today in New York.
   Crawford, a renowned motivational speaker and author, was born with four impaired limbs. He has one finger on his right hand, two fingers on his left hand, three toes on his right foot and a prosthetic left leg. Yet he played Division I college tennis at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.    

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