Wimbledon champions Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Class of 2020 for the Hall of Fame was announced on Tuesday at the Australian Open and the induction ceremony will be held in July 18 in Newport, Rhode Island.
Stan Smith, president of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, commented, "We are thrilled to welcome Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martínez to the Hall of Fame. Between their accomplishments on court and the way they’ve represented themselves, their countries, and our sport, they are undoubtedly among the best of the best in tennis and are most deserving of tennis’ ultimate honour”.
Croatia's Ivanisevic won the 2001 title at the All England Club as a wild-card entry while Spain's Martinez was the 1994 champion at Wimbledon. Both also peaked at No. 2 in the rankings and won multiple Olympic medals.
Ivanisevic commented on the honour, “This is a huge honour. I am proud and humbled to become the first-ever Tennis Hall of Famer from Croatia. I am grateful to the committee for selecting me for this honour and so thankful to the fans who supported me in the Fan Vote and throughout my entire career, especially so many great fans in Croatia.
I am honoured and excited to become a Hall of Famer”. Ivanisevic is currently coaching 16-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. He won 22 titles and 599 matches at tour-level. Martinez commented, "Becoming a Hall of Famer is such a great honor.
To be remembered as part of tennis history and among the greatest in our sport, so many of whom I have always admired, is really special and I’m grateful for this recognition. There is amazing names out there. To be there with them, it will be amazing.
I will feel complete and great for my accomplishments in my career”. Martinez also won 33 WTA singles titles in her career, was part of the Spanish team that won the Fed Cup event five times during the 1990s and was a finalist at the Australian Open in 1998 and Roland Garros in 2000.
She also earned 13 WTA doubles titles, and is a three-time Olympic medalist in doubles. The Spaniard is currently coaching former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza. The duo are part of an elite group of just over 250 individuals from 27 nations who have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame since its inception.