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Venus Forever
Aug 19th, 2003, 11:07 PM
Connors, Evert join U.S. Open Court of Champions


August 19, 2003
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert are part of the first class of inductees to the U.S. Open's Court of Champions, honoring the top players in tournament history.

Connors, a five-time champion, and Evert, who won the Open six times, were honored as the best players in the Open era, which began in 1968. The other inductees announced Tuesday are Bill Tilden and Helen Wills for the Golden era (1881-1967), and Rod Laver and Billie Jean King for those who played in both eras.

They will be honored at the National Tennis Center on Sept. 6-7, the days of the women's and men's singles finals at the U.S. Open.

To be eligible, a player has to win at least one singles title at the U.S. Open and be retired from singles and doubles for at least five years.

The tournament begins Monday.

alfajeffster
Aug 19th, 2003, 11:12 PM
Connors, Evert join U.S. Open Court of Champions


August 19, 2003
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert are part of the first class of inductees to the U.S. Open's Court of Champions, honoring the top players in tournament history.

Connors, a five-time champion, and Evert, who won the Open six times, were honored as the best players in the Open era, which began in 1968. The other inductees announced Tuesday are Bill Tilden and Helen Wills for the Golden era (1881-1967), and Rod Laver and Billie Jean King for those who played in both eras.

They will be honored at the National Tennis Center on Sept. 6-7, the days of the women's and men's singles finals at the U.S. Open.

To be eligible, a player has to win at least one singles title at the U.S. Open and be retired from singles and doubles for at least five years.

The tournament begins Monday.

That's nice, but once again- where's Margaret Court? And for the Golden Era (1881-1967), Rod Laver??? How about Bill Tilden? I guess this is another popularity poll- only this is one USTA member who didn't get his ballot! :fiery:

Venus Forever
Aug 19th, 2003, 11:13 PM
That's nice, but once again- where's Margaret Court? And for the Golden Era (1881-1967), Rod Laver??? How about Bill Tilden? I guess this is another popularity poll- only this is one USTA member who didn't get his ballot! :fiery:

I think you should re-read the Bill Tilden part, because it is in the article. ;)

alfajeffster
Aug 19th, 2003, 11:19 PM
I think you should re-read the Bill Tilden part, because it is in the article. ;)

Oh, thanks for the correction. I just saw red when I noticed Margaret was once again slighted from a presentation and seeing them give it to Billie Jean King. Don't get me wrong- I love BJK, but the numbers between Madge and BJK aren't close. I wonder if the USTA will ever name a stadium after Billie Jean King?