Re: Sampras and Sanchez-Vicario 2 B inducted into HOF
Updated: Sep. 6, 2006, 8:58 AM ET
Sampras, Sanchez-Vicario on tennis HOF ballot
ESPN.com news services
Pete Sampras aced another first serve and has been nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in his initial year of eligibility.
Sampras and five others are on the ballot for 2007, the hall announced Tuesday.
Joining the 14-time Grand Slam winner in the recent player category are Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, the first Spanish woman to win the U.S. Open. She is also in her first year of eligibility.
Sven Davidson, the first Swede to win a Grand Slam (French Championships, 1957) and England's Christine Truman Janes, winner of the French Singles Championships in 1959, were nominated in the Master Player category.
Nominated in the Contributor category were Russ Adams, known as the "Dean of Tennis Photography," and Dr. Robert Johnson, responsible for launching the careers of world greats Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, the nation's first African-American tennis champions.
The announcement of the class will occur in January and the induction will be held at in Newport, R.I., on July 14.