TENNIS- In a first, fans have voted to get their favorite stars enter the prestigious International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Former world number two China’s Li Na, French two-time Grand Slam singles winner Mary Pierce and former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia have topped the voting.
“It’s a great honor to be nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame and I’m so grateful for the fan support in this process,” Li said in a statement from the Hall.
Fans from 130 countries voted during a six-week submission period. Eight nominees will be selected for induction into the 2019 class.
Inductees will be announced at the Australian Open on January 22 with enshrinement on July 20 at the ATP Hall of Fame tournament in Newport, Rhode Island.
Since the Hall opened in 1954, 254 people from 23 nations have been inducted.