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Former ATP number one and Roland Garros champion nominated for Hall of Fame


A man who became the first from his nation to top the ATP rankings has been named among the list of nominees for the Tennis Hall of Fame.

The nominees for the International Hall of Fame Class of 2022 have been announced. 1998 Roland Garros champion Carlos Moya is among them, looking to join his compatriots in the annals of tennis history.

Moya reached the 1997 Australian Open final and won his only Slam title at Roland Garros in 1998. He then went on to become the first Spaniard to top the ATP rankings in March 1999.

Moreover, Moya secured 20 tour titles over his career, and reached the final of the ATP Tour Finals in 1998. He lost to compatriot Alex Corretja there.

Moya was also part of the 2004 Davis Cup team that secured a second ever title for Spain, defeating the United States in the final.

Sice retiring from the sport, Moya has coached on the ATP tour. He has been part of the coaching staff of Rafael Nadal for the 20-time Slam champion’s last six Major titles.

Should Moya become an inductee, he would be the fifth Spanish man and seventh Spaniard overall to become a member of the elite group.

The other men in that category are four-time Slam champion Manuel Santana, 1975 US Open champion Manuel Orantes, 1921 Wimbledon finalist Manuel Alonso and 1972 Roland Garros champion Andres Gimeno.

The two Spanish women in the Hall of Fame are 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez and four-time Slam champion and former world number one Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.

Finally, fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the second year running. The current coach to ATP rising star Carlos Alcaraz won the 2003 French Open. He also peaked at world number one, in 2003, becoming the second man to do so.

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