Photo: Kate Whitney LuceyTom Snow, father of the late Randy Snow, at the Class of 2012 Induction Ceremony
Wheelchair tennis great and three-time Paralympic medallist Randy Snow was inducted posthumously to the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of the Class of 2012 Induction Ceremony.
Snow was the first of five inductees and was inducted by his father Tom, who gave the induction speech and accepted the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s enshrinement certificate in Randy’s memory.
Snow was inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame alongside Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten, former world No. 1 and thee-time French Open champion, Jennifer Capriati, former world No. 1, Olympic gold medallist and three-time Grand Slam champion, Manuel Orantes, Spanish tennis great and US Open champion, and Mike Davies, tennis industry promoter and innovator.
During his own induction speech Kuerten, who is a great supporter of wheelchair tennis, said it was an honour to be inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame alongside Snow. Kuerten instigated the Copa Guga Kuerten, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, which took place for the first time in 2011 and takes place for the second time in Florianopolis, Brazil, in October 2012.
Snow was the first ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champion in 1991, the first Paralympic Tennis men’s singles gold medallist in Barcelona in 1992 and the first NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters men’s singles champion in 1994.
In addition to his successful tennis career, Snow was a competitive basketball player and racer. Off the courts, he was an influential leader in the development of Wheelchair Tennis and a tireless advocate for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Snow’s Hall of Fame induction is a posthumous recognition of his achievements and contributions to the sport. He passed away on November 19, 2009 in El Salvador while volunteering at a wheelchair tennis camp.
Snow is the second wheelchair tennis player in history to be honoured with induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Brad Parks, the pioneering founder of the sport, who was inducted in 2010 and attended Saturday’s Class of 2012 Induction Ceremony along with Dr, Bal Moore, Randy's long-time coach during his career.
Induction Speech for Randy Snow, International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Highlights from the Class of 2012 Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
International Tennis Hall of Fame Tribute to Randy Snow