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Tennis hall opens doors for Lindsay Davenport

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm •  Published: July 12, 2014
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Davenport spoke of her passion for the game,

"To be successful with anything, you have to enjoy it and you have to love it," she said. "That's something you cannot teach. Some have a love-hate relationship with the sport. Some love it, but you have to have the love in it to be successful."

The 82-year old Bollettieri has coached 10 players to the No. 1 ranking, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Boris Becker. In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the first full-time tennis boarding school.

"I think the older you get, it's not the (age), but what you have here," he said, touching his chest near his heart.

Vandierendonck was a top Dutch player before she was injured in a car accident in 1983. She's the first woman wheelchair player inducted.

Brown Grimes is a former managing director of the Women's Professional Tennis Council (now known as the WTA Tour Board), president of the U.S. Tennis Association and president of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

"I hope there's another Lindsay Davenport for all she did for Americans and for women's tennis," Brown Grimes said.

Barrett was the "Voice of Wimbledon" on the BBC from 1971-06. His wife, former top-ranked player Angela Mortimer Barrett, was inducted into the Hall in 1993. Agassi and Steffi Graf are the only other married couple in the hall.