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Agassi Among Nominees for International Tennis Hall of Fame

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Andre Agassi, an eight-time Grand Slam singles champion, highlights the list of nominees for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Agassi was the only nominee in the recent player category, the Hall of Fame said in a statement. He won 60 tournaments over 20 years before retiring in 2006 and is one of five men to capture all four of tennis’s major championships.

The 40-year-old also was a member of two U.S. Davis Cup-winning teams and won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Thelma Coyne Long and Christine Truman Janes were nominated in the master player category, with tennis administrators Mike Davies and Fern Lee “Peachy” Kellmeyer nominated in the contributor category.

An international media panel will vote on the recent player nominee, while a panel of Hall of Fame inductees and tennis historians will vote on the master player and contributor nominees. All need 75 percent of the votes for election.

The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011 will be announced early next year and inducted at a ceremony on July 9 in Newport, Rhode Island.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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