The extenista Conchita Martinez, who became number two in the world on the world women’s circuit and completed her career with 33 individual titles, including a Wimbledon, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Newport (United States).
Conchita Martinez, retired from competition fifteen seasons ago and current coach of Garbiñe Muguruza, shared this recognition with the Croatian Goran Ivanisevic. Both were elected to the Hall of Fame last year but the pandemic prevented the staging of the ceremony. Now, the inclusion of the two former Wimbledon winners was alongside that of the coach Dennis Van der Meer and the members of Original 9, pioneers in women’s professional tennis.
The former player has become the sixth Spanish tennis player to achieve this honor after Manuel Alonso (1977), Manuel Santana (1984), Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (2007), Andres Gimeno (2009) and Manuel Orantes (2012).
The International Hall of Fame is the highest recognition in tennis that highlights the importance of the achievements and the contribution made to the history of this sport.
“Seeing the museum and reviewing all the legends that have passed through here has made me feel even more grateful and honored that my name can be among them. It is an incredible feeling and a privilege that I will cherish all my life,” said Conchita Martínez in his speech.
Conchita Martínez won Wimbledon in 1994 to become the first Spanish to win at the All England Club. He also played in the final of the Australian Open in 1998 and Roland Garros in 2000. He has three Olympic medals in doubles and five Federation Cups, among his many achievements.