Tennis players Ion Tiriac, Martina Higins, Thelma Coyne Long, Cliff Drysdale and Charlie Pasrell will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame at a Class of 2013 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony to be held on July 13, 2013 in Newport, the US.
Retired Romanian tennis player and now a businessman Ion Tirirac, 73, will be inducted into the contributor category for exceptional contributions that have furthered the growth, reputation and character of the sport, in categories such as administration, media, coaching and officiating.
A successful doubles player turned tennis power broker, Tiriac has been an influential tennis leader in roles ranging from coach to player manager to tournament promoter.
There have been only 224 people from 19 countries inudcted into the Interntaional Tennis Hall of Fame since its inception in 1955.
In the 1970s, Tiriac and fellow Romanian Ilie Nastase partnered to form a successful doubles team.
As a player, Tiriac was an instrumental part of Romania’s Davis Cup team, competing for 15 years, and helping the team advance to the finals three times. In 1970, he partnered with Nastase to win the French Open doubles title.
He went on to manage the careers of top players including Hall of Famer Guillermo Vilas, Mary Joe Fernandez, Goran Ivanisevic, and most notably, Hall of Famer Boris Becker, who won five Grand Slam titles while working with Tiriac.
In addition, Tiriac was a promoter and tournament director for numerous events including the ATP World Tour’s season-ending Masters Grand Prix, and two of the largest Masters 1000 events, the Italian Open and the Madrid Masters.
In his home country of Romania, he is the owner/promoter of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, an ATP World Tour 250 event held annually in Bucharest.