The Cat wrote:
I just read some appalling news from Tennis-OnTheLine.com. Stefan Edberg has been snubbed by the Tennis Hall of Fame, and Boris Becker is the lone nominee in the Recent Player Category on the 2003 Tennis Hall Of Fame ballot! The article is located at www.tennis-ontheline.com/02edsnub.htm
As the writer of that article, I thank you for adding your voice to this matter. Besides all the reasons you cited so well, the most outrageous thing about this whole deal is that the Hall of Fame apparently bent their own eligibility rule to allow Becker to be nominated so soon, while Edberg, who has retired since 1996, meets the eligibility criteria in every aspect.
I don't know if everyone is aware of this, but in other sports ( such as American football or baseball) a player of the stature of Edberg is expected to be nominated and then promptly inducted into the Hall of Fame AS SOON AS he becomes eligible, so the fact that Edberg was not nominated is considered a slight in sport.
As mentioned in my article, I have written to the Chair of the nomination committee, Tony Trabert, to voice my protest and to ask for an explanation for Becker's early nomination, but I have heard nothing from them as of today. I am going to email them to see if they will at least tell me who all were on the committee, which may provide some clue. I will share the information if a reply ever comes my way.
By the way I believe that they only induct one player of each gender each year in the Recent Player category - the inductees this year (2002) were Pam Shriver and Mats Wilander.
It is really too bad that a classy guy like Edberg will not get his fair shake in this sort of thing, because he is so low-profile and self-effacing, and perhaps because he doesn't have influential connections in the U.S. I am one of the biggest Edberg fans around and I will do my most to try to help him get the recognition that he deserves. I hope you join me. I have a web site for Edberg at: