Of her first-place finish, Black commented, “I’m incredibly humbled, honored, and appreciative for the support I’ve received in the Fan Vote. It’s amazing to receive this feedback from tennis fans right around the world, and I’m particularly grateful for the support I’ve felt from Zimbabwe. Being considered for the International Tennis Hall of Fame is not something you ever think about when you are competing. But to look back now and to know that what I accomplished in my career is now being acknowledged in this way, it’s just an amazing honor.”
Cara Black, a former WTA Tour doubles specialist who held the world No. 1 doubles ranking for 163 weeks, has finished in first place in the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 Fan Vote. Italian tennis great Flavia Pennetta finished in second place, and Ana Ivanović, of Serbia, finished in third place.
Thousands of tennis fans from a record 178 nations took part in the vote, voicing their feedback for which candidates they believe are deserving of tennis’ ultimate honor – induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
As the first-place finisher in the ITHF Fan Vote, Black will receive three bonus percentage points on her results from the Official Voting Group, while Pennetta will receive two bonus percentage points, and Ivanović will receive one bonus percentage point.
To be elected into the Hall of Fame, a candidate must receive an affirmative vote of 75% or higher on the combined results of the Official Voting Group and any bonus percentage points earned in the Fan Vote. In addition to Black, Pennetta, and Ivanović, American Lisa Raymond and Spaniards Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moyá of Spain are also on the ballot for Class of 2022 induction.
Official Voting Group voting takes place in the month ahead. Once the Official Voting Group results and Fan Vote bonuses are compiled, the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will be announced early next year.
The Fan Vote is one component of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s multi-faceted election process. In addition to the Fan Vote, an Official Voting Group comprised of tennis journalists, historians, and Hall of Famers, will also vote on the 2022 ballot.
Former No. 1-ranked doubles player Cara Black led the fan vote for the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 in results announced Tuesday and will get a boost to her support from the official voting group.
Black, who is from Zimbabwe, is the first African-born woman nominated for the tennis Hall. She won five women’s doubles Grand Slam titles, including three at Wimbledon, and another five major trophies in mixed doubles. She spent 163 weeks at No. 1 in women’s doubles.
Black will receive three bonus percentage points for the final tally in this election. Flavia Pennetta was next in the fan vote and gets two bonus points, while Ana Ivanovic was third and gets one bonus point.
The other three nominees are Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya and Lisa Raymond.
The official voting group includes tennis journalists, historians and Hall of Famers.
The Class of 2022 will be announced early next year.
The ceremony at the Rhode Island-based Hall is scheduled for July 16.