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2013 Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

2013 Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

2013 Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

You can’t rain on their parade! Not when tennis legends like Martina Hingis, Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Thelma Coyne Long and Ion Tiriac are enshrined into the 2013 Tennis Hall of Fame.

The annual induction ceremony started with a light drizzle and only let up briefly during the 90-minute presentation during which the Tennis Channel covered live from Newport, Rhode Island. Our crew were in action covering the event for an on-going documentary about tennis.

Born in Czechoslovakia, Martina Hingis thanked her Mom in the press conference and during the ceremony for introducing her to a sport that would eventually take them out of Communism and into Switzerland. Hingis made her world stage debut when she was only 12-yrs old winning the 1993 French Open junior title.

“I’m humbled to be chosen for this distinction by my peers…” said a stoned-faced Romanian Ion Tiriac. The now wealthy business man was sentimental but comedic delivering the first of 5 speeches in front of a crowd of umbrella-toting tennis fans.

92-year old Master Player enshrinee Thelma Coyne Long dominated tennis in the 1930s. She was unable to make the event so tennis great (perhaps greatest) Aussie Rod Laver accepted the award for her.