Richard Evans, one of ITWA’s founding members and a former president, has been nominated for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2024.
Evans was nominated as a Contributor, the Hall of Fame’s category for those who serve the game off the court. Candidates need to receive 75% of the votes to be elected.
The Florida-based Briton has covered more than 200 Grand Slam tournaments, starting with Wimbledon in 1960 and Roland-Garros in 1961, right up through this year’s U.S. Open, both as a writer, for numerous publications around the world, and as a broadcaster.
Born in Paris — among his quirkier claims to tennis fame was that he was christened there by Bishop Wade, whose daughter Virginia won the US Open in 1968 and Wimbledon in 1977 — Evans left school to join the Hayters news agency in London covering news and sports. He was a Washington correspondent for four years, covering two U.S. presidential elections. He wrote about his career in ‘The Roving Eye’, published in 2017.
As well as writing and broadcasting on tennis, he had two stints working for the ATP’s European office, and was active in inner-city grassroots tennis initiatives, one of them a venture started by Vitas Gerulaitis.