Tennis followers everywhere in the world have spoken: Cara Black deserves induction into the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2022.
Former doubles world No. 1 Black received the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2022 Fan Vote.
Italian tennis nice Flavia Pennetta completed in second place, and Ana Ivanović, of Serbia, completed in third place.
1000’s of tennis followers from a document 178 nations took half within the vote, voicing their suggestions for which candidates they consider are deserving of tennis’ final honor: induction into the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame.
“I’m extremely humbled, honored, and appreciative for the help I’ve obtained within the Fan Vote,” Cara Black mentioned. “It’s superb to obtain this suggestions from tennis followers proper world wide, and I’m significantly grateful for the help I’ve felt from Zimbabwe.
“Being thought of for the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame shouldn’t be one thing you ever take into consideration if you find yourself competing. However to look again now and to know that what I completed in my profession is now being acknowledged on this manner, it’s simply an incredible honor.”
The Fan Vote is one part of the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame’s multi-faceted election course of. Along with the Fan Vote, an Official Voting Group comprised of tennis journalists, historians, and Corridor of Famers, can even vote on the 2022 poll.
Because the first-place finisher within the ITHF Fan Vote, Black will obtain three bonus proportion factors on her outcomes from the Official Voting Group, whereas Pennetta will obtain two bonus proportion factors, and Ivanović will obtain one bonus proportion level.
To be elected into the Corridor of Fame, a candidate should obtain an affirmative vote of 75% or increased on the mixed outcomes of the Official Voting Group and any bonus proportion factors earned within the Fan Vote. Along with Black, Pennetta, and Ivanović, American Lisa Raymond and Spaniards Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moyá of Spain are additionally on the poll for Class of 2022 induction.
Official Voting Group voting takes place within the month forward. As soon as the Official Voting Group outcomes and Fan Vote bonuses are compiled, the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame Class of 2022 might be introduced early subsequent 12 months.
“A giant a part of our determination to introduce Fan Voting in 2018 was to create a method of partaking the worldwide tennis group within the sport’s historical past and its final honor, and this 12 months we actually noticed that objective come to fruition,” Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame CEO Todd Martin mentioned. “The 2022 Corridor of Fame poll highlights the historic careers of six distinctive people from 5 nations. Discerning followers from everywhere in the world took curiosity within the candidates’ careers and tales, and we noticed a document turnout by way of the variety of international locations that participated within the Fan Vote this 12 months.
“The Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame is dedicated to serving that world viewers. We’re grateful to the various followers who participated.”
Cara Black hails from Harare, Zimbabwe the place she discovered to play tennis on the grass courts her father constructed at their house. She is the primary Zimbabwean and the primary African-born girl to be nominated for the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame. Thus far, there is only one different Participant Class inductee from the African continent within the Corridor of Fame – Frew McMillan of South Africa, a five-time main champion in doubles.
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