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In pictures: Tennis Hall of Fame

July 15, 2013

Martina Navratilova won 18 grand slam singles titles, 31 major women's doubles titles - an all-time record - and 10 major mixed doubles titles, from the 1980s to the 2000s. It moved Billie Jean King to declare her "the greatest singles, doubles and mixed ???
Martina Navratilova won 18 grand slam singles titles, 31 major women's doubles titles - an all-time record - and 10 major mixed doubles titles, from the 1980s to the 2000s. It moved Billie Jean King to declare her 'the greatest singles, doubles and mixed ???
Apart from winning 22 grand slam singles titles, the German Steffi Graf became the first and only tennis player - male or female - to achieve the calendar year Golden Slam by winning all four grand slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in 1988. I???
Apart from winning 22 grand slam singles titles, the German Steffi Graf became the first and only tennis player - male or female - to achieve the calendar year Golden Slam by winning all four grand slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in 1988. I???
Gabriela Sabatini, the Argentine, won just the one grand slam title - the US Open in 1990. But she showed remarkable consistency making it nine semi-final appearances and one final appearance across the four majors. Inducted in 2006. Pascal Rondeau / Alls???
Gabriela Sabatini, the Argentine, won just the one grand slam title - the US Open in 1990. But she showed remarkable consistency making it nine semi-final appearances and one final appearance across the four majors. Inducted in 2006. Pascal Rondeau / Alls???
Bjorn Borg, the quiet Swede, is considered one of the greatest tennis players ever. He won what was once a record six French Open titles and five consecutive Wimbledon trophies in the 1970s and 80s. He retired prematurely - at the age of 26. Inducted in 1???
Bjorn Borg, the quiet Swede, is considered one of the greatest tennis players ever. He won what was once a record six French Open titles and five consecutive Wimbledon trophies in the 1970s and 80s. He retired prematurely - at the age of 26. Inducted in 1???
Roy Emerson was Laver's contemporary and compatriot. His 12 grand slam titles was a record for decades until the tally was broken by Pete Sampras. Inducted in 1982. John Rider-Rider / AP Photo
Roy Emerson was Laver's contemporary and compatriot. His 12 grand slam titles was a record for decades until the tally was broken by Pete Sampras. Inducted in 1982. John Rider-Rider / AP Photo
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, left, was one of Stefi Graf's biggest rivals in all courts. The Spaniard only won four grand slam titles, but she appeared in several finals and semi-finals through the 1980s and 90s. Inducted in 2007. Lynne Sladky / AP Photo
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, left, was one of Stefi Graf's biggest rivals in all courts. The Spaniard only won four grand slam titles, but she appeared in several finals and semi-finals through the 1980s and 90s. Inducted in 2007. Lynne Sladky / AP Photo
Mats Wilander, another great player from Sweden, won seven grand slam titles in the 1980s. He is one of only five players to have won grand slam singles titles on grass courts, hard courts, and clay courts (the Australian Open was a grass-court tournament???
Mats Wilander, another great player from Sweden, won seven grand slam titles in the 1980s. He is one of only five players to have won grand slam singles titles on grass courts, hard courts, and clay courts (the Australian Open was a grass-court tournament???
Romania's Illie Nastase, left, won four grand slam titles in the 1970s. Inducted in 1991. Anja Niedringhaus / AP Photo
Romania's Illie Nastase, left, won four grand slam titles in the 1970s. Inducted in 1991. Anja Niedringhaus / AP Photo
Andre Agassi won eight grand slam titles from the early 1990s to the early 2000s. He also became the first man - of two - to win a career golden slam. He is also only one of seven men to have won all four majors. Inducted in 2011. Vincent Yu / AP Photo
Andre Agassi won eight grand slam titles from the early 1990s to the early 2000s. He also became the first man - of two - to win a career golden slam. He is also only one of seven men to have won all four majors. Inducted in 2011. Vincent Yu / AP Photo
Pete Sampras held the record of 14 grand slam singles titles until 2009 when Roger Federer won major No 15 at All England. The American did not win at the French Open but no player dominated at Wimbledon and the US Open until, again, Federer came along. V???
Pete Sampras held the record of 14 grand slam singles titles until 2009 when Roger Federer won major No 15 at All England. The American did not win at the French Open but no player dominated at Wimbledon and the US Open until, again, Federer came along. V???
The American Chris Evert won 18 grand slam singles titles and three doubles titles through the 1970s and 80s and was world No 1 seven consecutive years. Inducted in 1995. Tony Duffy / Allsport
The American Chris Evert won 18 grand slam singles titles and three doubles titles through the 1970s and 80s and was world No 1 seven consecutive years. Inducted in 1995. Tony Duffy / Allsport
Jimmy Connors, of the United States, won eight grand slam titles. He was the first male player to rank no. 1 for more than five years in total. Inducted in 1998.
Jimmy Connors, of the United States, won eight grand slam titles. He was the first male player to rank no. 1 for more than five years in total. Inducted in 1998.
Boris Becker is still the youngest man to have won the Wimbledon, at age 17 in 1985. He has, in all, won six major singles titles. Inducted in 2003.
Boris Becker is still the youngest man to have won the Wimbledon, at age 17 in 1985. He has, in all, won six major singles titles. Inducted in 2003.
Ivan Lendl, of Czechoslovakia, won eight grand slam titles in the 1980s and 90s. Inducted in 2001.
Ivan Lendl, of Czechoslovakia, won eight grand slam titles in the 1980s and 90s. Inducted in 2001.
Sweden's Stefan Edberg won six grand slam singles titles in the 1980s and 90s. Inducted in 2004. Bob Dear / AP Photo
Sweden's Stefan Edberg won six grand slam singles titles in the 1980s and 90s. Inducted in 2004. Bob Dear / AP Photo
Pat Rafter won back-to-back US Open titles in 1997 and 1998 apart from making it to consecutive Wimbledon finals, losing in both. Inducted in 2006. Stan Honda / AFP
Pat Rafter won back-to-back US Open titles in 1997 and 1998 apart from making it to consecutive Wimbledon finals, losing in both. Inducted in 2006. Stan Honda / AFP
The late Arthur Ashe was the first black man to be picked to play for the US Davis Cup team. The American is also the only black man to win the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles. Inducted in 1985. AP Photo
The late Arthur Ashe was the first black man to be picked to play for the US Davis Cup team. The American is also the only black man to win the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles. Inducted in 1985. AP Photo
John McEnroe, the aggressive but entertaining American, won seven grand slam titles in the 1970s and 80s. Inducted in 1999.
John McEnroe, the aggressive but entertaining American, won seven grand slam titles in the 1970s and 80s. Inducted in 1999.
Jennifer Capriati won three grand slam titles in the 2000s, but her career had started a long time before that when broke several 'youngest' records. Injury and personal problems dogged her career forcing the American to take a break before making a succe???
Jennifer Capriati won three grand slam titles in the 2000s, but her career had started a long time before that when broke several 'youngest' records. Injury and personal problems dogged her career forcing the American to take a break before making a succe???
Australia's Rod Laver won 11 grand slam titles in the 1960s. He is the only player to have all four majors in a single year twice. Inducted in 1981. AP Photo
Australia's Rod Laver won 11 grand slam titles in the 1960s. He is the only player to have all four majors in a single year twice. Inducted in 1981. AP Photo
One can't help wondering how many grand slam singles titles Monica Seles could have won had she not been stabbed by a fan in 1993. She did recover from the attack to make a comeback two seasons later. But by then the Yugoslav could only add one more major???
One can't help wondering how many grand slam singles titles Monica Seles could have won had she not been stabbed by a fan in 1993. She did recover from the attack to make a comeback two seasons later. But by then the Yugoslav could only add one more major???
Martina Hingis, the 'Swiss Miss' is another player to have smashed several 'youngest' records but her career was cut short twice, the first time by injury , the second by allegations of drug intake. By the time she was done, she had won five grand slam si???
Martina Hingis, the 'Swiss Miss' is another player to have smashed several 'youngest' records but her career was cut short twice, the first time by injury , the second by allegations of drug intake. By the time she was done, she had won five grand slam si???
Jim Courier, of the United States, won fur grand slam singles titles in the early 1990s. Inducted in 2005. Danny Moloshok / Reuters
Jim Courier, of the United States, won fur grand slam singles titles in the early 1990s. Inducted in 2005. Danny Moloshok / Reuters
Having won 39 grand slam titles, the American Billie Jean King is perhaps the greatest women's tennis player ever. She won 12 singles, 16 doubles and 11 mixed doubles titles from the 1960s through to 1980. Inducted in 1987. Harry Harris / AP Photo
Having won 39 grand slam titles, the American Billie Jean King is perhaps the greatest women's tennis player ever. She won 12 singles, 16 doubles and 11 mixed doubles titles from the 1960s through to 1980. Inducted in 1987. Harry Harris / AP Photo