Newport, RI – Former world No. 1 stars Jennifer Capriati of the United States, Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil and Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia are among those who have been nominated for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame next year. Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri is also up for consideration for the Class of 2012.
The former prodigy Capriati joined the professional ranks at the tender age of 13 and went on to win thee Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal.
Kuerten, best known as "Guga," was a three-time French Open champ, while the hard-working Kafelnikov captured the title at Roland Garros in 1996 and also won a championship at the Australian Open in 1999.
Some of the other 2012 candidates are former U.S. Open champion Manuel Orantes; Thelma Coyne Long, who won a combined 19 major titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles from the 1930s until the 1950s; and the late wheelchair great Randy Snow.
The newest members of the Hall will be inducted next July in Newport.