Good Sports: Paes, Amritraj Elected to Tennis Hall of Fame
Former tennis stars Leander Paes and Vijay Amritraj have become the first Indians elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Paes, an 18-time Grand Slam champion in doubles and mixed doubles, was selected in the player category, while Amritraj was selected in the contributor category for his post-retirement work in broadcasting and administration.
Along with British journalist Richard Evans, the Indian pair will be officially inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 20, 2024, in Newport, Rhode Island. They will join a group of 264 inductees from 27 nations, making India the 28th nation represented in the Hall of Fame.
“It has been my life’s honor to play for my country for over three decades in a sport that has given and taught me everything,” said Paes, a former world No. 1 in doubles. “This acknowledgement is indeed the ultimate accolade for every tennis player. Induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame belongs not just to me, but to our billion-plus Indians.”
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