Leander Paes and Vijay Amritraj Elected to Tennis Hall of Fame: A Landmark Achievement for Asia

In a groundbreaking moment for Asian tennis, Leander Paes and Vijay Amritraj secure their spots in the International Tennis Hall of Fame's Class of 2024.

In a historic moment for Asian tennis, Leander Paes and Vijay Amritraj have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. This prestigious recognition, announced by the Hall on Wednesday, marks the first time Asian men have been included in this revered institution.

Leander Paes, known for his remarkable achievements with 18 Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles or mixed doubles, joins the Hall of Fame in the Player Category. Paes, who hails from India, is celebrated for his outstanding contributions to the sport, including a career Grand Slam in both men’s and mixed doubles. His accolades also include a record-setting 55 doubles titles on the men’s tour and an impressive 37 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP doubles rankings. Paes expressed his gratitude, stating, “Induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame belongs not just to me, but to our billion-plus Indians.”

Vijay Amritraj, another tennis luminary from India, is honored in the Contributor Category. Amritraj, a former player in the 1970s and 1980s, played a pivotal role in helping India reach the Davis Cup Finals in 1974 and 1987. Beyond his playing career, Amritraj has made significant contributions as a tennis broadcaster, administrator, and advocate for humanitarian causes.

The Class of 2024 also includes Richard Evans, a British journalist and historian, who was selected in the Contributor Category. Evans, who has been reporting on tennis since 1960, has covered over 200 Grand Slam tournaments and authored more than 20 books. His inclusion recognizes his enduring impact on the tennis world.

The induction ceremony for the Class of 2024 is scheduled for July 20 in Newport, Rhode Island. This momentous occasion not only celebrates the individual accomplishments of Paes, Amritraj, and Evans but also marks a milestone for Asian representation in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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