News was spread by Yahoo! - Sports in the latest days that Boris Becker is the only male tennis player considered for 2003 Tennis Hall of Fame enshrinement. This would mean no nominee for Stefan Edberg, even though he retired earlier from professional tennis than did Becker.
The only reason I could think of for such an unfair decision is that, given recent Mats Wilander's nominee, the organism decided not correct to enshrine Swedish players for consecutive years.
There are several reasons for us Edberg's fans to be angry:
As I wrote, Edberg retired earlier from the Tour and, being at least as much of a champion as Becker, we would expect that his entry would be considered earlier than Becker's.
Five years of retirement from professional tennis are required for a former player to be acknowledged this prestigious award. Stefan Edberg retired nearly six years ago, while Boris Becker was still playing and winning matches until 1998, which means he has significantly been on the stage until less than four years ago.
In my opinion, Tennis Fame enshrinement is such a prestigious acknowledgement that it has to be referred, besides than to players' achievements, also to their being an example in and off the court, to their behavior and sportsmanship. In this aspect, Stefan Edberg definitely outclassed Boris Becker.
My opinion is that, remembering their rivalry especially in Wimbledon in the late '80s and early '90s, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker should enter Tennis Hall of Fame together. If this is not possible, it's really unfair that Edberg is preceded in this big honor by a player who ended his career later and who let several times his victories be stained by unclear and unpleasant vicissitudes of private life.
The only thing that we fans can really do is sending a massive e-mail protest right to the Tennis Fame e-box. So, I invite you to click on the link below and to nominate Stefan as 2003 entry in Tennis Hall of Fame. Let's make our voices heard! Thank you.
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