NEWPORT, RI - Tony Trabert, Chairman of the Enshrinee Nominating Committee and President of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, today announced that Sweden's Stefan Edberg, Germany's Steffi Graf and the USA's Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney have been named to the 2004 Hall of Fame Induction Ballot.
"More than a century of tennis excellence will be celebrated in Newport in 2004," stated Trabert, acknowledging preparations for the Hall of Fame's 50th Anniversary Celebration, which will be held July 9-11, 2004. "The players announced today represent a magnitude of tennis excellence. Each has had an exceptional tennis career, and I am excited that they are on the 2004 ballot."
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Stefan Edberg won 41 career singles titles and 18 career doubles titles. He captured 6 Grand Slam singles titles - 2 Australian Open Championships (1985, '87 - the last man to win on Australian grass), 2 Wimbledon Championships (1988, '90) and 2 US Open Championships (1991, '92). Edberg also won the 1996 Australian Open Doubles title (with Petr Korda), and captured the 1987 Australian and US Open Doubles Championships (both with Anders Jarryd). Edberg, with Jarryd, were named the ATP Doubles Team of the Year in 1987.
Edberg, 37, is a former World No. 1 ranked player, having removed Ivan Lendl from the top spot on August 13, 1990. During his career he spent a total of 72 (non-consecutive) weeks at No. 1, and finished the 1990 and 1991 seasons as the No. 1 player in the world. Edberg was ranked in the year-end Top 10 for ten straight years (1985-1994) finishing in the Top 5 from 1985-93. He received ATP Player of the Year honors in 1991, and again in 1992. Edberg is a 5-time recipient of the ATP's Sportsmanship Award (1988-90, '92, '95), more than any player in ATP history. In 1996, the ATP again honored Edberg, this time by renaming this award the Edberg Sportsmanship Award.
Sweden has won the Davis Cup seven times, and Edberg played on four of the 7 winning Cup teams (1984, '85, '87, '94). He is tied with countryman Ove Bengtson for most years played on the Swedish Davis Cup team with 13, playing from 1984 through 1996. Edberg also holds Sweden's record for most Davis Cup final appearances, playing in seven. He finished his Davis Cup career playing in 35 ties with an overall total win-loss record of 47-23 (35-15 in singles and 12-8 in doubles). Edberg also participated in the 1984 Olympics (tennis was a demonstration sport), where he was the Singles Gold Medal winner. In 1988, he won Bronze in both singles and doubles competition in Seoul.
Both Edberg and Graf have been nominated in the ITHF's Recent Player category, and Cheney has been nominated in the Master Player category. A panel of international tennis media will vote on this year's Recent Player nominees. A 75% favorable vote is required for induction. The International Masters Panel, which consists of Hall of Fame inductees and other individuals who are highly knowledgeable of the sport and its history, vote on the Master Player nominee. To be inducted as a Master Player, an affirmative vote of 75% is required.
The announcement of the official induction class of 2004 will be made in early January. The International Tennis Hall of Fame has inducted 183 people representing 18 countries since its establishment in 1954. The International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of tennis and its champions.
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