Last Saturday – on July 27 – Founder of Professional Tennis Registry (PTR),Dennis Van der Meer, passed away . Dennis was more than the founder of our great organization – he was the patriarch of our PTR Family, and he brought tennis coaches together. Dennis was a mentor, friend, educator, and advocate for countless tennis coaches . . .
You are touched by the spirit of the place as you watch the video below and relive the wonderful, human touching moments that the three new members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame , Mary Pierce, Li Na and Yevgeny Kafelnikov have given us during the first nighttime ceremony in Newport!
They both were keen players, competed at Grand Slams and other tournaments. As well as celebrating their birthdays on the same day, July 24! They were the 2⃣ of the greatest tennis contributors of all-time. The 🇬🇧 Arthur Wallis Myers was one of the leading tennis writers of 1⃣st half of 20th century. He was . . .
Yevgeny Kafelnikov was the 1⃣st man who beat Roger Federer on 3⃣ different surfaces (carpet, grass, hard) on 3⃣ consecutive times. 1999 Rotterdam, 2000 Wimbledon, 2000 Stuttgart His record vs Federer is 4⃣-2⃣!
As of today, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, this year Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, is the LAST man who won a singles + doubles titles on the same Grand Slam! He completed this feat in 1996, he beat Michael Stich in singles, and with Daniel Vacek bt Guy Forget and Jakob Hlasek.
2⃣ Tennis Hall of Fame inductees of ’19 – Li Na and Mary Pierce – played once during their career! This was Mary Pierce ‘s last Grand Slam match ( US Open in 2006). Li Na won that match!
In 6⃣5⃣ years of the Tennis Hall of Fame, this is 1⃣st time that all of 3⃣ inductees (Yevgeny Kafelnikov , Li Na, Mary Pierce ) are multiple singles champs and won the same Slams ( Australian Open and Roland Garros ).
Simona Halep is the1st🇷🇴player won b2b WTA tournament on different surfaces;1st🇷🇴👩reached Wimbledon singles final;1st🇷🇴👩reached Australian Open singles final;1st🇷🇴player reached singles Grand Slam finals on 3 different surfaces (clay,grass, hardcourt);1st🇷🇴👩reached 5 singles Grand Slam Finals; 1st🇷🇴player won a Wimbledon singles🏆;1st🇷🇴👩reach No.1+year-end No.1+most weeks No.1 as 🇷🇴player.
Happy Birthday Margaret Court , who became 1⃣woman in Open era who completed a calendar Slam (1970) winning all 4⃣majors in the same year. Her all-time records still stand:24 singles, total 64 Slams, Grand Slam Boxed Set (2x Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles ), 40 years ago she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame , true legend!More:http://db4tennis.com/players/female/margaret-smith-court
Congrats to Shintaro Mochizuki , the 1⃣st 🇯🇵 boy’s singles champ to his Wimbledon 🏆! It was a pleasure to see your rising in Budapest ITF Junior Davis Cup 2018 with team🇯🇵: Shunsuke Mitsui, Kei Manaka & captain Ko Iwamoto. Both times Shintaro won 6⃣singles matches!