Flavia Pennetta, Ana Ivanovic, Cara Black, Lisa Raymond, Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero are vying to enter the Tennis Hall of Fame for 2022. The last name on the list is precisely that of the former Italian player, who wrote some pages of history in the WTA Tour, of which the most recent and most beautiful is probably that unforgettable final at the Us Open 2015 won precisely to the detriment of the countrywoman Roberta Vinci, certainly in one of the highest moments of Italian women's tennis.
So far, no Italian player has ever obtained this prestigious award, while unlike the male category that boasts Nicola Pietrangeli (1986) and Gianni Clerici (2006), the only ones to have reached this beautiful goal. To vote for the names in the list mentioned above, all over the world will be able to vote starting from Friday 15 October on the website vote.tennisfame.com.
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The induction will take place by combining the result of the preferences of the fans with that of the Official Voting Group, which includes journalists, historians and members already included in the Hall of Fame who will vote in the coming months.
Pennetta commented on the news saying: "It is a great honor to be nominated to enter the Hall of Fame. I loved competing and seeing my career recognized as one of the greatest of all time in the sport. It's incredible.
I am proud to be the first Italian woman to receive this nomination and grateful for all the support I received from Italy during my time in activity." The Brindisi woman decided to abandon the discipline at the age of 33, right after her triumph in New York and her best ranking in sixth place in the WTA ranking.
In her career, she has played as many as 59 finals between singles and doubles, in which she has taken away various satisfactions (also in the Fed Cup) and won 28 titles overall. Among the others, we recall that Carols Moya is working with his countryman star Rafael Nadal.