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Jana Novotna Inducted to Tennis Hall of Fame

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NEWPORT, RI – Tony Trabert, President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, today announced the names of the individuals who have been elected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this year.


“We experienced an incredible year last year in celebrating the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary,” stated Trabert. “That momentum continues as we celebrate the careers of four new champions of tennis this July. It is my great honor to announce that Jim Courier, Yannick Noah, Jana Novotna and Butch Buchholz will represent the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Induction Class of 2005.”



The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s induction weekend for the Class of 2005 is scheduled for July 8-10, with the official Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies for Jim Courier, Yannick Noah, Jana Novotna and Butch Buchholz taking place on Saturday, July 9th in Newport, Rhode Island, home to the legends of tennis. The annual Hall of Fame Weekend caps off a full week of professional tournament tennis, as the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships played for the Van Alen Cup, an ATP event, runs July 4th through July 10th.



American Jim Courier, 34, turned pro in 1988, and during his 13-year career he captured 23 singles titles and 6 doubles titles. He won back-to-back Australian Open Singles Championships in 1992-93 and back-to-back Singles Championships at Roland Garros 1991-1992. He was also a finalist at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 1993 and a US Open finalist in 1991. His career win-loss record in singles Grand Slam match play stands at 118-37. In 1992, he became only the 10th player to reach the World No. 1 ranking since the ranking system was implemented in 1973. Overall, Courier spent a total of 58 weeks (non-consecutive) at No. 1, finishing 1992 as the No. 1 player in the world. He spent four years in the World Top 10 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995) and was named the ATP Player of the Year in 1992. In Davis Cup, Courier played seven years for the USA, helping the Americans to win the Cup in 1992 and 1995. He competed in 14 ties, posting an overall win-loss record of 17-10 (16-10 singles; 1-0 doubles). A consistent player on all surfaces, the right-handed Courier was known for brandishing brutal groundstrokes in defeating his opponents.

In 1983 Yannick Noah became France’s next tennis hero, as he descended upon Roland Garros serving and volleying his way to the singles crown. Dropping only one set during the fortnight, he became the first Frenchman in 37 years to capture the men’s singles title. During his 12-year career he captured 23 singles titles and 16 doubles titles, and had an overall singles Grand Slam event win-loss record of 85-35. He reached his career high singles ranking of No. 3 in 1986, and was ranked in the World Top 10 six times (1982-87). In doubles, Noah won the 1984 title at Roland Garros (w/Leconte); he also reached the 1985 US Open doubles final (w/Leconte) and the 1987 French doubles final (w/Guy Forget); in August of 1986 he earned the No. 1 doubles ranking, holding it for a total of 19 weeks (non-consecutive). Born May 18, 1960 in Sedan, France, Noah was a member of France’s Davis Cup team for eleven years, playing in 22 ties and posting an overall 39-22 win-loss record (26-15 singles; 13-7 doubles). In 1991, Noah captained France’s Davis Cup team to victory, as the French reclaimed the Cup after 59 years, and then won again in 1996. In 1997, Noah also captained France’s Fed Cup team to their first-ever Fed Cup victory.

Jana Novotna, 36, of the Czech Republic, captured the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon in 1998 after reaching the final in both 1993 and 1997. In addition, she won 12 major women’s doubles championships: 2 Australian (1990, 1995); 3 French (1990-91, 1998); 4 Wimbledon (1989-90, 1995, 1998) and 3 US (1994, 1997-98); along with 4 major mixed doubles championships: 2 Australian (1988-89) Wimbledon (1988) and US (1987). In a career spanning twelve years, Novotna captured 24 singles titles and 76 doubles titles, reaching a career high singles ranking of No. 2 in 1997. She was ranked in the World Top 10 seven times between 1991 and 1998. Her career win-loss record stands at 568-223 in singles and 697-152 in doubles. Her doubles career took her to No. 1 eleven times, earning five WTA Doubles Team of the Year honors (1989-90 w/Sukova; 1991 w/Fernandez; 1996 w/Sanchez-Vicario; 1998 w/Hingis) and an International Tennis Federation Doubles Team of the Year honor (1997 w/Davenport). She played Fed Cup for eleven years (1987-93, 1995-98), competing in 33 ties and posting an overall win-loss record of 33-12 (22-7 singles; 11-5 doubles), and was a member of the 1988 winning Cup team. A serve and volley player, Novotna won the doubles silver medal in the 1988 Olympics, and went on to capture the singles bronze and doubles silver medals in the 1996 Olympics.

Earl “Butch” Buchholz, Jr., born September 16, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri, has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the Contributor category. Buchholz has played key roles in the evolution of both professional and amateur tennis since 1963 when he became a founding member of the first men’s players association. He has been a pioneer in developing both men’s and women’s tennis, using his expertise in fundraising, sponsorship and marketing to help create a wider audience for numerous events throughout the world. He has served tennis in many professional and administrative capacities including Commissioner of World Team Tennis (1977-78), ATP Executive Director (1981-82) and member of the men’s pro council (1981-83), as well as Tournament Director for numerous events, including the prestigious Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami, which Buchholz founded in 1985. He helped create Altenis, the management company which oversees tournaments in Latin America and secured the continuation of the Orange Bowl International Tennis Tournament, a prominent junior tournament. He was also instrumental in setting up an ATP International Series event played in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He teamed with Arthur Ashe in 1992 to form the “Good Life Mentoring Program” benefiting hundreds of elementary and middle school children in the greater Miami area. As a player, Buchholz was the world No. 5 ranked player in 1960, was ranked four times in the US Top 10, played as a touring pro 1961-67 (U.S. Pro Champ 1962) and played Davis Cup 1959-60.

“These individuals continue to give to our sport on every level,” Trabert continued. “Their individual talents made them great champions, while their love for the game has kept them involved in tennis, sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise with players, administrators and fans worldwide. We are proud to honor Jana, Jim, Yannick and Butch as they take their place among the legends of tennis.”



Courier, Noah and Novotna have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the Recent Player category while Buchholz has been elected in the Contributor category. A panel of international tennis media voted on the Recent Player inductees, requiring at least a 75% favorable vote for election. The International Masters Panel, which consists of Hall of Fame inductees and other individuals who are highly knowledgeable of the sport and its history, voted on the Contributor category. Again, an affirmative vote of at least 75% was required for election.

Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. The International Tennis Hall of Fame was recognized as the sport’s official Hall of Fame in 1986 by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis. Over the past fifty years, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has inducted 186 people representing eighteen different countries. With today’s announcement of the Class of 2005, 190 people now represent the honorees of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.



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^By that I mean I can think of someone who should be in there before her , not a slur on her induction.
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I'm not too sure what to think of this. Congrats to Jana. But I don't think a player with only 1 grand slam singles title and her reputation for folding under pressure should be inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame so soon after they retired. If this was 10 years after she retired then I could understand it better. I sure enjoyed watching Novotna play with her natural serve and volley game. Her style of tennis is greatly missed.

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Congrats Jana btw.



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Courier, Novotna and Noah? Jeebus christopher. It just doesn't seem like it's their turn yet. At this rate, Maria Sharapova will be inducted next year.

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I'm not too sure what to think of this. Congrats to Jana. But I don't think a player with only 1 grand slam singles title and her reputation for folding under pressure should be inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame so soon after they retired. If this was 10 years after she retired then I could understand it better. I sure enjoyed watching Novotna play with her natural serve and volley game. Her style of tennis is greatly missed.
She was my favourite ever, but I agree -- probably she should not be in it.
Doubles, her Olympic achievements and her incredible Wimbledon story might cause her induction.
It is even more missed since Tauziat retired.

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The rules for the Recent Player category are quite clear...

- Active as competitors in the sport within the last 20 years prior to consideration.

- Not a significant factor on the ATP Tour or the WTA Tour within five years prior to election.

- A distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship and character.

Novotna certainly satisfies those requirements. Also, even though she has only one Grand Slam singles title, she has made many more finals, and also has an excellent doubles record.

If Pam Shriver, with no Slam singles titles and one Slam singles final, managed to get into the Hall of Fame in 2002, based mainly on her superb doubles play, then why not Novotna?
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If Pam Shriver, with no Slam singles titles and one Slam singles final, managed to get into the Hall of Fame in 2002, based mainly on her superb doubles play, then why not Novotna?
Because she's not best friends with Martina <who managed to get me in>

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Not because you're spreading your legs for a washed-out so-called "actor"?
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Crouching, Shriver was one half of the greatest doubles team in the history of women's tennis that's why she's in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She was a good singles player and an all time great doubles player and that's why she was inducted.

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If Pam Shriver, with no Slam singles titles and one Slam singles final, managed to get into the Hall of Fame in 2002, based mainly on her superb doubles play, then why not Novotna?

Excellent example...why not indeed? I was very impressed with her doubles titles. She was a natural gifted player who had "tons of talent" that except for her nerves would have accomplished much more!

Congrats to Novotna she is very deserving of this prestigious award.


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I wonder if Shriver would trade 100 doubles titles for Novotna's 1 Slam title?
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