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Martina Hingis, Cliff Drysdale Elected to Tennis Hall of Fame

March 04, 2013

Five-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Hingis was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, as was longtime broadcaster Cliff Drysdale.

Promoter Charlie Pasarell and former Romanian player Ion Tiriac, who became a manager and promoter, also will be enshrined in the Newport, Rhode Island, museum in July, it said on its website. Australian player Thelma Coyne Long, who won 19 Grand Slam titles from 1936 to 1958, was named a member of the class of 2013 in January.

Hingis, a 32-year-old from Switzerland who retired in 2007, won 43 WTA Tour singles titles and 37 doubles tournaments, earning $20.1 million.

She won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1997 and successfully defended her Australian Open title the following two years. Hingis held the season-ending No. 1 ranking in 1997, 1999 and 2000, and spent 209 weeks at No. 1 for her career.

Drysdale, Pasarell and Tiriac were elected as contributors to the sport.

Drysdale, 71, a former player from South Africa who rose as high as No. 4 in the world rankings, helped start the ATP World Tour and has been a tennis broadcaster for ESPN since its first telecast of the sport in 1979.

Pasarell, 69, another former player originally from Puerto Rico, also helped start the ATP World Tour and was the owner of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

Tiriac, 73, from Romania, was a doubles partner of Ilie Nastase who went on to manage the careers of players such as Boris Becker, Guillermo Vilas and Mary Joe Fernandez.

Coyne Long was elected out of the Hall’s Master Player category. The 94-year-old from Sydney won her Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

The enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for July 13.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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