06 Sep 2017

Candidates announced for 2018 Hall of Fame

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Photo: AP imagesPat Cash (AUS)

Pat Cash, Michael Stich, Anders Jarryd, Tom Okker and Helena Sukova have been named as candidates for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2018.

Cash and Stich are both former Wimbledon champions, while Jarryd and Okker both won multiple doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments and Czech legend Sukova collected 14 major titles in doubles and mixed doubles.

All five candidates have been nominated in the player category – with no candidates for the Contributor or Wheelchair tennis categories in 2018. Induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame is the highest honour in tennis, and recognizes the sum of one's achievements at the highest possible level.

“Among this year’s Hall of Fame candidates, we have Wimbledon champions, Olympic medalists, fierce competitors, and athletes who consistently maintained rankings at the top of our sport over long durations of time,” said Hall of Famer Stan Smith, who serves as President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Chairman of the Enshrinee Nominating Committee.

“The variety among their geographic backgrounds and the breadth of their accomplishments and playing styles is highly representative of tennis as a whole, while this nomination is a great recognition of each of them individually,” he continued. “Congratulations to Pat Cash, Anders Jarryd, Tom Okker, Michael Stich, and Helena Sukova on this great recognition of their impressive careers."

Over the years, the honor of Hall of Fame induction has been presented to 252 individuals hailing from 23 nations. Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit organisation committed to preserving and promoting the history of tennis and celebrating its greatest champions.

Voting for the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will take place this fall, and the inductees will be announced in the first quarter of 2018.