NEW YORK – There are no candidates the likes of Andy Roddick of Kim Clijsters among the nominations for the Class of 2018 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
But the list of nominated players is full of accomplishment.
Hall of Fame president Todd Martin revealed them on Tennis Channel Tuesday.
Here they are:
Stich, now 48, is a “one-Slam wonder” as he took the Wimbledon title in 1991.
But he also reached the US Open final in 1994, the French Open final in 1996 and won the ATP Tour finals in 1993.
In all, Stich (the tournament director of the Hamburg event) has 18 singles and 10 doubles titles on his resumé. He reached a career high in singles of No. 2 in 1993. He also reached the top 10 in doubles, peaking at No. 9 late in 1992.
His effort to win the 1992 Wimbledon doubles title with John McEnroe in a match held over by rain was upper-level. They beat Jim Grabb and Richey Reneberg 5-, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, … 19-17. The pair also reached the final at the US Open that year, losing in five sets to Grabb and Reneberg.
Now 52, Cash won Wimbledon 30 years ago, his first and only Grand Slam singles title. The following year, he reached career highs of No. 4 in singles and No. 6 in doubles.
He reached the Australian Open singles final both in 1987 and 1988, and won seven singles titles in all. He also owns 12 doubles titles and helped Australia win two Davis Cup titles.
Cash is currently coaching American Coco Vandeweghe, who is in the quarterfinals of the US Open.
Also 52, the Czech native has 14 Grand Slam titles on her resumé. She won nine of them in women’s doubles, and five more in mixed – three of them with her brother Cyril. Their mom, Vera, reached the Wimbledon singles final in 1962.
Sukova reached four Grand Slam singles finals in a tough era; she lost the first two to to Chris Evert and Martina Navrilova. And then, she lost two more to Steffi Graf.
The tall Czech won 10 career singles titles and 69 doubles titles.
She qualified for the WTA’s season-ending championships 11 times in singles and 13 times in doubles.
Sukova is currently working with fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova.
Okker, now 73, was ranked in the top-10 every year from 1968 to 1973 (this was, of course, before the ATP Tour computer rankings came in).
He reached the US Open singles final in 1968, the first year the tournament was re-opened to the professional players after seven years without some of the best in the world. (Of note, it was the first tournament to offer prize money – a total of $100,000. The winner’s check should have gone to champion Arthur Ashe. But he was still an amateur; so Okker got the motherlode).
Okker reached the singles semifinals at the three other majors.
The Dutchman won the French Open men’s doubles title in 1973 with John Newcombe over Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase, and the US Open in 1976.
A fine Swede who, like most Swedes, played in the shadow another. First it was Bjorn Borg and then, in Jarryd’s day, Stefan Edberg.
Now 56, Jarryd mostly made his mark as a doubles player. He won eight Grand Slam doubles titles: three at the French Open, two each at Wimbledon and the US Open and one at the Australian Open. He held the No. 1 ranking in doubles and also reached a career high of No. 5 in singles.
He played with a couple of fine partners much of his career: Edberg, and Aussie John Fitzgerald. With his help, Sweden won the Davis Cup in 1987, and made the final in 1986, 1988 and 1989.
Jarryd won eight singles titles. To that, he added 57 doubles titles.