Thursday, September 05, 2013

Davenport, Pierce and Martinez Lead 2014 Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees

Three big female names from the '90s headed to Newport, R.I.

The Associated Press reports:
Major champions Lindsay Davenport, Mary Pierce and Conchita Martinez are among the International Tennis Hall of Fame nominees for 2014. The Hall also announced Thursday that coach Nick Bollettieri, wheelchair player Chantal Vandierendonck, executive Jane Brown Grimes and author and broadcaster John Barrett are up for election next year. Davenport won singles titles at the U.S. Open in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000. She was ranked No. 1 for a total of 98 weeks, finishing at that spot in 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005. Pierce was singles champion at the 1995 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open. Martinez is the only Spanish woman to win Wimbledon, beating Martina Navratilova in the 1994 final.
Davenport always drove me mad because she seemed like she was every bit as good as the Williams sisters, but then her negative attitude/body language would creep in -- sometimes while she was winning -- and she would roll over and die. It got so frustrating that I stopped rooting for her. (What was the point?) Pierce was just a complete nut case, so I chose to appreciate it when she was "on" -- a true thing of beauty -- even when Steffi Graf was her occasional victim!

1 comment:

Larry said...

Agreed on Lindsay, Kenneth. I always rooted for her but when she blew her match against Venus Williams in the 2005 Wimbledon final, I gave up on her. But she always seemed so much more down to earth than a lot of the other female players.