The Impact of 2016 on Hall of Fame Candidacies

Small Throwback Thursday

Tennis Abides: Dan Martin on Tennis and Life

Already In Entering 2016

Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova entered 2016 with the status that only something devastating could prevent their eventual enshrinement.

Novak’s Nole Slam & Masters 1000 hauls, Serena’s 22nd major, Rafa’s gold medal in doubles, and Venus’ silver medal in mixed doubles all added to their credentials.  Roger Federer did not hurt his chances with 2 major semifinals.  Most of these players would still be enshrined even if they repeatedly got defaulted for time violations due to building forts out of their many racquets and tournament towels during changeovers.

Maria Sharapova’s suspension for using a banned substance at the Australian Open does raise some questions in terms of her Hall of Fame status.  I would place Sharapova on a wait and see list as this situation is still playing out in my view.

Likely Already In Entering 2016


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