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Why is Yevgeny Kafelnikov being overlooked for HoF induction?

Surely, with the exception of Agassi, he is the most deserving former player who is elgible (since 2008) and has very nice achievements to back it up. Has he done something to piss off some power houses in the world of tennis? Any ideas?
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He is not aussie , yankee , british nor french
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no idea, as he was my favorite players from the 90's...clean, crisp ball striking at it's finest

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Re: Why is Yevgeny Kafelnikov being overlooked for HoF induction?

I remember that when he was leaving in 2003, there were rumour circlulating in the fall (started at the US Open) that he had something to do with betting. Could this be the reason?
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Re: Why is Yevgeny Kafelnikov being overlooked for HoF induction?

He should be in the Hall of Fame by now. His accomplishments exceed many inductees such as Chang and Sabatini. Non-Americans sometimes get short shrift for whatever reasons.

Every year that goes by that Kafelnikov is not voted in is a massive insult to the credibility of the entire voting process.
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He should be in the Hall of Fame by now. His accomplishments exceed many inductees such as Chang and Sabatini. Non-Americans sometimes get short shrift for whatever reasons.

Every year that goes by that Kafelnikov is not voted in is a massive insult to the credibility of the entire voting process.

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He was much better player than Chang who is a hall of famer, also he was the first Russian champion, deserves induction in my book.
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Westerners don't like Russians.

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no idea, as he was my favorite players from the 90's.
Mine, too, though he sometimes made it hard to like him.

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Re: Why is Yevgeny Kafelnikov being overlooked for HoF induction?

I think it's a meaningless distinction. I didn't even know tennis had a Hall of Fame until this thread.

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I think it's a meaningless distinction. I didn't even know tennis had a Hall of Fame until this thread.
In general it is rather meaningless, but it becomes meaningful when a deserving player is omitted from the meaninglessness

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- 1999 Australian Open Champion
- 1996 French Open Champion
- 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist
- Former World #1
- 2000 Australian Open Runner Up
- 1997 Year End Championships Runner Up
- 26 ATP Titles
- 2002 Davis Cup Champion
- 4-time Slam Champion in Doubles

Clearly should be in the Hall of Fame.

But as others have said, the tennis hall of fame isnt really a big deal like it is in other sports, like baseball.
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I didn't like him but I thought he was already in. That's strange.
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Re: Why is Yevgeny Kafelnikov being overlooked for HoF induction?

They got Chang in. Safin is gonna go in. Roddick will go in.. They all have 1 or 2 slams.. So yess.. Yevgeny should go in. He didnt win a masters events but he did win two slams on two separate surfaces and reached world #1. Good enough considering the qualifications these days u need to go in
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