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Criteria for Induction

Since 1955, and including the Class of 2004, 186 people have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Eligibility was extended to include worldwide candidates in 1975. Players are elected based on their records of competitive achievement, with ancillary consideration given to sportsmanship and character. Individuals are elected in one of three categories:

Recent Player Category Eligibility Criteria

  • Active as competitors in the sport within the last 20 years prior to consideration.
  • Not a significant factor on the ATP tour or the WTA Tour within five years prior to election.
  • A distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship, and character.
To be inducted as a Recent Player, a panel of the international tennis media votes on Recent Player nominees; a 75% favorable vote is required for Enshrinement.

    Master Player Category Eligibility Criteria

    • Competitors in the sport who have been retired for at least 20 years prior to consideration.
    • A distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship, and character.

    To be inducted as a Master Player, an affirmative vote of 75% or higher is necessary. The International Masters Panel, which consists of Hall of Fame Enshrinees and other individuals who are highly knowledgeable of the sport and its history, selects the Master Player Enshrinees.

    Contributor Category Eligibility Criteria

    • Exceptional contributions that have furthered the growth, reputation, and character of the sport, in categories such as administration, media, coaching, and officiating.
    • Contributor candidates do not need to be retired from their activities related to the sport.

    To be inducted as a Contributor, a nominee must receive the following: a) an affirmative vote of 75% or higher, and b) the highest percentage of affirmative votes. The International Masters Panel, which consists of Hall of Fame Enshrinees and other individuals who are highly knowledgeable of the sport and its history, selects the Contributor Enshrinees.