Ivanovic retired in 2016, while Pennetta preceded her the season prior.

Three former French Open winners, a US Open titlist and a pair of distinguished doubles champions feature on the 2022 International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHOF) ballot, officials announced Thursday. All six of the nominees reached the top of their sport in either singles or doubles.

Four are newcomers for enshrinement, including Ana Ivanovic. The 33-year-old, who hoisted the 2008 Roland Garros trophy after two previous runner-up finishes in major finals, captured 15 titles throughout her career. Following her Paris breakthrough, Ivanovic spent 12 weeks as world No. 1 over two stints. If voted into the ITHOF, the Belgrade native would be the first player representing Serbia, having already become the first from her nation to receive a nomination.

“Many of the women who I looked up to as a young girl are Hall of Famers, and to be nominated to receive an honor that places my career alongside those who inspired me is just incredible,” Ivanovic said in a statement. “I’m humbled and grateful for this nomination and this acknowledgement of my career.”

Flavia Pennetta and Cara Black are also seeking to break ground in Newport, R.I. At 33, Pennetta emerged as the oldest first-time major women’s champion of the Open Era when she triumphed over childhood friend Roberta Vinci in a historic 2015 US Open final. The first Italian woman to be shortlisted, Pennetta teamed up with the likes of Vinci in guiding her country to four Billie Jean King Cup (formerly Fed Cup) titles, while also ascending to No. 1 in doubles.

“I loved competing and to have my tennis career recognized in this way among the sport’s all-time greats is such an incredible honor,” she said. “I’m humbled to be the first Italian woman to receive this nomination, and grateful for so much support from Italy during my career.”

In 2004, Carlos Moya clinched the Davis Cup trophy for Spain in Seville after contributing his second singles win of the tie with his straight-set win over Andy Roddick.

In 2004, Carlos Moya clinched the Davis Cup trophy for Spain in Seville after contributing his second singles win of the tie with his straight-set win over Andy Roddick.

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Black, aiming to become the first competitor hailing from Zimbabwe to reach the Hall, was a consistent stalwart on the doubles court. She amassed 163 weeks at No. 1, spent 563 inside the Top 10 and collected five major trophies in both women’s and mixed doubles, sporting a career Grand Slam in the latter discipline.

Rounding out the new candidates is Carlos Moya. The 1998 Roland Garros champion and 1997 Australian Open finalist is the first Spaniard to summit the peak of the ATP rankings and owns 20 singles crowns overall, with three coming at the 1000 level. For Rafael Nadal’s last six major successes, Moya has been at the helm.

Back on the ballot for the second year running are Moya’s compatriot, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and American Lisa Raymond. Like Moya, Ferrero is a fellow member of the world No. 1 and French Open winner’s clubs—and also transitioned to coaching as the man behind Carlos Alcaraz’s rapid rise to the Top 40. Raymond is an 11-time major doubles winner, Olympic bronze medalist, world No. 15 in singles and held the No. 1 doubles ranking for 137 weeks.

Nominees require an affirmative vote of 75 percent or higher from the combined total of their Official Voting Group result and any bonus percentage points earned in the Fan Vote to be elected. The person with the strongest backing in the Fan Vote sees three additional percentage points tacked on to their calculation from the Official Voting Group (second place gains two percentage points and third place acquires one point). The Fan Vote opens October 15 and closes at the end of the month.

Inductees will be announced early next year, with the ceremony scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2022. The Class of 2022 will be joined by 2021 selection Lleyton Hewitt, who was unable to travel to the U.S. this past summer due to COVID-19 restrictions.