There are many talented tennis players who have shown their extreme skills and outstanding performance with the tennis racket last season. Starting from the legends like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, till the novices who officially turned pro a couple of years ago, all the tennis players tried their best to achieve the success through their performance. The Sporty Ghost team mainly focused on all the basic statistics like total aces, 1st serve return points, break points opportunities and percentage of total points won in selecting the inductees of Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.
The performances of these tennis players at major tennis tournaments like US Open, Wimbledon, ATP World Tour Masters, Roland Garros and Australian Open also played important role at making the list of Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.
Tennis Hall of Fame 2015:
The recent ATP World rankings were also kept in mind while selecting the players. So, let’s check out Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.
10. Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic, the Croatian professional tennis player is the reigning US Open champion. Cilic has won a total 13 ATP singles titles so far and on 13 October 2014, he achieved his career-high singles ranking No. 8. Marin Cilic first came into focus by defeating then World No. 2 Andy Murray in the fourth round of US Open 2009. Following this, he reached the 2010 Australian Open semifinals. He also made the 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinal.
From his early young age, Cilic developed his career in tennis. His career started in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the young potential was discovered by local hometown coaches. They encouraged him to move to Zagreb for further training. Eventually, he found Bob Brett and made himself established in the professional tennis in 2005. After thorough research, we have selected him for the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.
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9. Tomas Berdych
Tomas Berdych is a Czech by nationality, playing professional tennis. He was the finalist of 2010 Wimbledon Championships and caused consecutive upsets by defeating the top seed and six-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic, the then world No. 3 at the semifinals. However, at the final, he was defeated to Rafael Nadal in straight sets. His biggest career win came at the Paris Masters in 2005 as an unseeded player, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in the final of the tournament.
Tomas Berdych is one of the few active players in the modern times to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slams. In the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015, Berdych is a potential tennis player with an amazing stamina. He is one of the two players to defeat all the big four in the major events of tennis.
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8. Stan Wawrinka
Stan Wawrinka is currently the Swiss no. 2 and the World no. 7 in ATP tennis ranking. The Swiss climbed to his highest ranking so far, no. 3 on 27 January, 2014 because of his first grand slam win, the Australian Open in 2014. He reached the semifinals of 2013 US Open and 2015 Australian Open semifinals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets. He also won the Monte Carlo Masters in 2014 and made it to the finals in 2013 Madrid Masters.
Wawrinka is also a gold medalist in the men’s double event at 2008 summer Olympics, partnering with another Swiss Roger Federer. Federer and Wawrinka also were awarded with the 2008 Swiss Team of the Year award. Wawrinka has been playing Davis Cup for the Switzerland since 2004. He was the part of Swiss team in their 2014 Davis Cup win.
Wawrinka is considered as one of the best clay court tennis players while his backhand and serve being his best shots. He is one of the inductees in the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.
7. David Ferrer
The three-time Davis Cup winner David Ferrer is a Spanish professional tennis player who has won tournaments at all levels except at a Grand Slam. He stepped into the professional tennis in 2000 and from the very beginning of his career he was known as a clay court specialist, having won half of his titles on the surface. David Ferrer is at no. 7 in the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015 list.
Moreover, he attained a significant success on all kinds of surfaces, having reached the finals of 2013 French Open without losing a set, the semifinals of US Opens and Australian Open twice each and Wimbledon quarterfinal twice. In 2006, he first achieved a top-10 ranking and his career-high world ranking 3 was achieved in 2013.
6. Milos Raonic
Milos Raonic started his tennis career as a Canadian professional tennis player. Although, he was born in Yugoslavia, his family moved to Canada at the age of three. Now, he is Canada’s highest ATP-ranked male single tennis player since 1973, with a career-high ranking of world No. 6. Raonic qualified for his first Grand Slam event at the US Open in 2010. The following year, he ascended from 102 to 37 in a month, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open. He won his first ATP title in 2011 SAP Open.
He is specially a hard-court player. He is one of the strongest server in recent tennis. Novak Djokovic commented about Raonic that he “has one of the best serves in the world. Very precise and very powerful”.
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5. Kei Nishikori
Current World No. 4 Kei Nishikori is a Japanese professional tennis player. Nishikori is the only Japanese male tennis player ever to be ranked in the ATP top 10 ranking as well as the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015. He started playing tennis at the age of five and at 17, he qualified for his first ATP main draw event in Los Angeles. In 2008, Kei Nishikori was named the ATP Newcomer of the Year.
So far, Nishikori has won a total of eight singles titles and became runner-up at the 2014 US Open. It makes him the first ever male tennis player from Asia to reach a Grand Slam singles final. In addition, Nishikori is the first tennis player from Asia to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals and also reached ATP semifinals in 2014. He was also the runner-up in 2014 Madrid Masters.
4. Andy Murray
Andy Murray, the Scottish born tennis player, started playing with tennis racket at the age of three. Surprisingly, Murray entered his first competitive tennis tournament at 5 and was playing league tennis at the age of eight. At 15, he moved to Barcelona, Spain to train at Sánchez-Casal Academy. Andy Murray won the junior US Open in 2004 and the following year, he turned himself professional.
Murray has many famous victories in his counts. Among them, 2012 Olympic games were notable where he defeated the world no. 1 Roger Federer in straight sets and won the gold medal, becoming the first British singles champion in over 100 years. The following year, Murray won the 2013 Wimbledon finals and became the first British tennis player to do so since Fred Perry. He is the only player in the history to win both the Olympic gold and US Open in the same year. Andy Murray will undoubtedly the 4th choice of Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.
3. Rafael Nadal
The current world No. 3 Rafael Nadal is widely regarded as the finest clay court master in the tennis history. Nadal has been nicknamed as “The King of Clay”. His all rounding performance in tennis made him to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slams till now, which include the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, 15 ATP World Tour 500, and a record 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000. He led the Spanish team to win Davis Cup four times, in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
He became the 7th player in the tennis history to achieve the Career Grand Slam in 2010.The tennis Hall of Fame 2015 will be truly incompleted without Rafael Nadal. He was also selected as the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year 2011. After Andre Agassi, Nadal is the second male player to complete the singles career Golden Slam.
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2. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is considered as the greatest tennis player of all-time in the tennis history. Currently, No. 2, Roger Federer is a Swiss professional and he has been ranked the top 10 since October 2002. Federer held the world No. 1 ranking for a record 302 weeks, which also includes a consecutive 237 weeks. He is the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles so far, reaching each Grand Slam finals at least five times. He is the finalist of Wimbledon a record nine times.
Federer is also among the seven players, to capture a career Grand Slam. He currently shares an Open Era record for most Wimbledon titles (7) with Pete Sampras and US Open titles (5) with Sampras and Jimmy Connors. Federer is a true legend in tennis. He stepped into the 2nd spot in the tennis Hall of Fame 2015.
1. Novak Djokovic
Here he is, the Serbian star Novak Djokovic, the table topper of tennis Hall of Fame 2015. He is currently ranking as the World No. 1 by ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals). Undoubtedly, Djokovic is one of the best tennis players in the world. Novak Djokovic has won 8 Grand Slam singles titles and has been holding the No. 1 spot for a total of 139 weeks so far. He won the ATP World Tour Finals in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and was a part of Serbian team which won the Davis Cup in 2010.
In 2008 summer Olympics, Djokovic was the Bronze medal winner in men’s singles. He is the first and only to win the Australian Open title three times consecutively. This great tennis magician is currently reigning the tennis world with honor and pride.