In an interview with Express, the International Tennis Hall of Fame president Todd Martin spoke about the criteria for the legends' induction. It will take some time before Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic will be there.
"The way that our policies and procedures are written, we have gone out of our way to make sure there is no committee that thinks strategically about when to induct somebody," said Martin. "Somebody like Roger will be on the first ballot he is able to be on and if he doesn't get voted in, there's some kind of controversy out there that we don't know of.
So theoretically, if Serena, Venus [Williams], Roger, Rafa and Novak and Maria [Sharapova] all retired on the same day, they would all be inducted in the same year." On the 2019 inductees Mary Pierce, Li Na and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Martin added: "Martinez is in my eyes one of the most consistently great players in the women's game.
She won Wimbledon, she's won some slams in the doubles but the biggest thing for me, and she was number two in the world, is the fact that she was there for 15 years straight. It is one thing to have a handful of good years, it is another thing to sustain that level for so long.
Five Fed Cup titles that she was part of, I find her resume to be, although missing of slam after slam, there are few people that have sustained a level of excellence for that long. Jonas Bjorkman, probably the most unique candidate on the ballot because largely his candidacy is based on his doubles results. Winning several slams with different partners all the time but he also had a great singles career."