These criteria don't seem to apply for (far) lesser players such as last year's inductee Gigi Fernandez...for example...who won what - two? - WTA singles tourmanents in her life. How many GS quarters in singles did Gigi reach?????
In what would normally be considered any player's peak years - age 20 (1938) and 30 (1948) - Thelma played in three overseas GS tournaments (1938) - all in her debut outside Australia.
Imagine a hall of fame player who could't accrue any honours during her 20s.....and just had to rely on her record as a teenager or 30+something veteran...
Don't have ANY probs with Christine's nomination - but surely legendary players from older eras should have been nominated (and honoured) MANY years prior to later stars..
I feel for Thelma-she would have received my vote!
The Hall of Fame does appear to be a tough nut to crack for the Master Player category. Nancy Richey told me that she was nominated but didn't get enough votes the first time around. In her view this was because they didn't have her total record. Happilly Nancy did get in the second time.
I nominated Hilde Sperling about a year ago and heard nothing back from the HOF. Hilde won 3 French titles against quality opposition, made the finals of Wimbledon twice, had a win over Helen Wills, and beat Simone Mathieu like a drum (their head to head was at least 16-1 in Hilde's favor).
But who is in the HOF? Simone-clearly the lesser of the two players.
Hall of Famer or not let's use this space to celebrate Thelma. She not only was a great tennis player, she served her country as well in the Second World War. And in an era when players, particularly females, were at the mercy of the LTA, Long fought for her rights.
Unfortunately, you can't legislate for what never happened.
I wouldn't like to say whether either Thelma Long or Christine Truman should be inducted. I couldn't judge whether their records can be considered good enough for the criteria. Those "in the know" will decide.
Maybe I expect too much but I feel the bar for admittance to the ITHOF is too low.
Probably part of the problem is that it was opened originally as an American Hall Of Fame so the bar for initial initial inductees wasn't set as high as it might have been but once there it had set a precedent. If there was a British HOF all but a handful of players in it wouldn't be within a million light years of ITHOF.
Hilde Sperling is perhaps a contender on the basis that Simone Mathieu was elected. Perhaps they're giving weight to the fact that although SM "only" won RG twice she reached the final on seven occasions but then she didn't reach a Wimbledon final. Of the two only SM played in the US and then only twice once reaching the quarters and also losing in the first round.
Until y ou mentioned it, Rollo I wasn't aware HS had reached 2 Wimby finals - another Collins' howler. According to his Encyclopedia she didn't compete at Wimbledon in 1931 one of the years she did indeed make the final.