Hall of Fame Inductees for 2006

dmastous

Professional
The inductees for the International Tennis Hall of Fame, class of 2006 are out. They are; [recent player] Patrick Rafter, Gabriela Sabatini, Michael Stich, [master player] Sven Davidson, Christine Truman Janes, [contributers] Gianni Clerici and Eiichi Kawatei.
Rafter & Sabatini I think are good choices in a year withut too many possibilities. But Stich is a stretch to me.
Here is the full article;
http://www.tennisfame.com/PressCenter/ballot06.html
 

dmastous

Professional
I'm biased when it comes to Noah. He was my favorite as a young tennis hound. I bought my HOF tickets the day I got the notification he was inducted and thoroughly enjoyed his (and Courier's) speech.
He is essencially the same type of candidate as Stich, I can understand the point. But I would say this. He brought a style, joy and substance to the game that transcended his accomplishments. It was fun to watch him play win or lose.
Also, his best years also cooincided with a number of Hall Of Fame type players (Conners McEnroe, Lendl Wilander). He maintained a respectable ranking despite that competition.
Stich is as vanilla a player as they get. Servicable game. Solid on all strokes. Tall, good athelete. He was a good player, but he didn't in any way stand out from the crowd at a time when the crowd was nowhere near as good as the previous generation.
I will probably get tickets to this induction, but it will be Rafter and Sabatini that will be the draw, not Stich.
See, even now he is overshadowed.
 

Babblelot

Professional
dmastous said:
He (Noah) brought a style, joy and substance to the game that transcended his accomplishments. It was fun to watch him play win or lose.

Also, his best years also cooincided with a number of Hall Of Fame type players (Conners McEnroe, Lendl Wilander). He maintained a respectable ranking despite that competition.
Just curious, dmastous. Because the game has changed so much since Noah played, would you agree that the only guy today that brings a style, joy and substance to the game that transcends his accomplishments is Fabrice Santoro? It goes without saying, however, Noah is more accomplished than Santoro.
 

dmastous

Professional
Babblelot said:
Just curious, dmastous. Because the game has changed so much since Noah played, would you agree that the only guy today that brings a style, joy and substance to the game that transcends his accomplishments is Fabrice Santoro? It goes without saying, however, Noah is more accomplished than Santoro.
I would agree that Santoro, and I would add Federer, bring a style to the game that stands out. Like Noah in his day. Though there was more variety in the game then than now.
I would say Santoro can be said to be more accomplished than Noah. He has all the shots and then some. He's not a successful in singles, but has better groundstrokes than Noah, and he's a very successfull doubles player.
;) He just needs some dreads to complete the image.;)
 

VGP

Legend
People tend to either disregard or forget about Olympic and Davis Cup achievements. Stich pulled off a triple win over Australia in the '93 final and Noah captained the '91 win over the US (sorry to Pete). On top of the fact that these guys are Grand Slam winners.
 

dmastous

Professional
Aykhan Mammadov said:
If there are so many people in the Hall of Fame, it is not already Hall of Fame.
Have you been to the Hall of Fame? Have you seen what is there? How can you say it's not a Hall of Fame? It's actually a nice display of the history of Tennis.
There are a lot of inductees, but very few are what I would consider a stretch for being included. Stich is one of them.
 

dmastous

Professional
VGP said:
People tend to either disregard or forget about Olympic and Davis Cup achievements. Stich pulled off a triple win over Australia in the '93 final and Noah captained the '91 win over the US (sorry to Pete). On top of the fact that these guys are Grand Slam winners.
Noah also captained the French team to a Davis Cup win and the women to a Fed Cup win.
 

VGP

Legend
People tend to forget the off-court contributions that people have made to the game of tennis. Stich may be a stretch, but he and Becker did wonders for the popularity of the game in Europe in the 90's.

As for The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, it's a very serene, understated place. The center court is a very beautiful court.

Here's a picture I took last year:

 

NoBadMojo

G.O.A.T.
I think Aykhan makes a valid point, and that sometimes he exhibits simple wisdoms which many who attack him cant even come close to understanding. The HOF is a dilluted i think, and there are players in the HOF who cant hold a candle to some others. It diminishes what the truly great have accomplished..maybe they need a classification within as elite Hall of Famers..after all, tennis has always been an elitists sport. Seems as though every year at this time, lots of people question whether someone nominated belongs in the HOF. They must have a thing where they feel they must induct one person from every category or something each year, and that does produce the result where some of the 'weaker' nominees become elected <not that they werent great players>.
As to the poster who said Stich was a plain vanilla player, that's nowhere close to true...his play was the opposite of plain vanilla. the guy had classic strokes, was a graceful mover, knew every shot in the book, played the entire court, and amassed a pretty great record i would think.
 

Yours!05

Professional
NoBadMojo said:
I think Aykhan makes a valid point, and that sometimes he exhibits simple wisdoms which many who attack him cant even come close to understanding.
Sometimes not so simple either NBM. Says much about the attackers LOL;)
 

dmastous

Professional
The pictures shown is not center court. It's a show court that's just inside the entrance of the Hall Of Fame. Center court is one of the back courts. It has 3 sides of club seats, and a grand stand the holds maybe 500 people.
As for NoBadMojo's comments, I'm the one who said his was a vanilla game. That's just my feeling. Yes he had classic strokes, yes he was a talented player. But you said yourself that there are a lot of players in the Hall that "cant hold a candle to some others". In my opinion Stich heads the list of these. To me Stich wasn't instrumental in popularizing tennis in Germany. Becker & Graf were the ones that put Gernany on the tennis map. Stich's popularity was nowhere near that of Becker.
 

VGP

Legend
dmastous said:
The pictures shown is not center court. It's a show court that's just inside the entrance of the Hall Of Fame. Center court is one of the back courts. It has 3 sides of club seats, and a grand stand the holds maybe 500 people.

You're right. I stand corrected. The HOF kind of "wraps around" the show court shown. If you look at the sign in front of the court, it gives a schematic of the grounds. The Campbell's HOF tournament is played on the other courts.
 

Sixpointone

Professional
Hi All,

VGP, that is a great picture. It is commonly referred to as 'The Horseshoe Court' due to the walkway area that surrounds it.

To me, it is one of, if not the most, beautiful Tennis Courts in the world.

Regards,
John
 
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