Finally, after a year of delay due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Croatian Goran Ivanisevic and the Spanish Conchita Martínez were recognized for their respective careers and entered the Hall of Fame this Saturday, in Newport, Rhode Island.
The 193 centimeter southpaw, born in Split 49 years ago, champion at Wimbledon in 2001, when he received an invitation from the organization, he beat Australian Patrick Rafter 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6 and 9-7 and lifted his only Grand Slam title. In total, he would celebrate 22 times and reach number 2 in the world, in 1994.
For its part, the Aragonese, current coach of her compatriot Garbiñe Muguruza, He also got his only major trophy at the All England, in 1994 at the age of 22., where she beat the American Martina Navratilova 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3 and became the first tennis player of her nationality to celebrate there. In addition, he would hang three Olympic medals (1992, 1996 and 2004), adding 33 conquests in his extensive career and ascending to the second position of the WTA ranking in 1995.
Finally, the celebration will include former Namibian coach Dennis Van der Meer, nationalized American and died in 2019, and the members of “Original 9” (Peaches Bartkowicz, Rosie Casals, Julie Heldman, Billie Jean King, Kristy Pigeon, Nancy Richey, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Tegart Dalton and Kerry Melville Reid) who inspired equality in sport beginning in 1970.