Should fans vote for Ten­nis Hall of Fame can­di­dates?

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All, or nearly all, mem­bers of the ITHF Vot­ing Group have es­tab­lished cri­te­ria and take our mission very se­ri­ously. On the other hand, the essence of be­ing a fan com­prises hero wor­ship and root­ing pas­sion­ately for one’s favourite play­ers.

hiladel­phia fans would boo a fu­neral.” – Bo Belin­sky, base­ball pitcher. “Coaches who start lis­ten­ing to fans wind up sit­ting next to them.” – Johnny Kerr, NBA coach.

“Ev­ery time he tow­els off, it’s like the Benny Hill show.” – Paul An­na­cone, on An­dre Agassi’s fer­vent fans.

In­ductees into sports halls of fame in­vari­ably say that join­ing the pan­theon of greats is a tremen­dous hon­our and the pin­na­cle of their ca­reers. Th­ese sports shrines have be­come so fa­mous that they’re of­ten re­ferred to by their Amer­i­can lo­ca­tions: Coop­er­stown (base­ball), Spring­field (bas­ ket­ball), Can­ton (Amer­i­can foot­ball) and New­port (ten­nis).

As their ca­reers wind down, many stand­out ath­letes won­der whether their feats and stats qual­ify for much­coveted in­clu­sion in a hall of fame. The me­dia, fel­low play­ers, coaches and fans de­bate their records and make pro and con cases for can­di­dates. Fam­ily, friends, en­dorsers and agents hope their man or woman can at­tract enough votes in the an­nual elections. Thanks to bur­geon­ing TV cov­er­age, the In­ter­net and so­cial me­dia, fans have be­come more in­formed and more opin­ion­ated than ever. Some­times their en­thu­si­asm has

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China’s first ten­nis star: Li Na’s post­match in­ter­views were hi­lar­i­ous, with her hus­band Jiang Shan of­ten the butt of her good­na­tured jokes.

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