NEWPORT, R.I., USA, September 7, 2011– Jennifer Capriati, one of America’s most dominant tennis players in the 1990s and early 2000s; Russia’s first world No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Brazilian tennis superstar Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten have been nominated to receive the highest honor available in the sport of tennis, induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. All three are nominated for the induction Class of 2012 in the Recent Player Category. Also in the Recent Player Category, Wheelchair Tennis superstar and three-time Paralympic medalist Randy Snow has been nominated posthumously for induction. In the Master Player Category, Thelma Coyne Long of Australia, who captured 19 Grand Slam titles between the 1930s and 1950s, and 1975 US Open champion Manuel Orantes, a Spanish star of the 1970s–1980s have been nominated. Three individuals have been nominated for their immense contributions to the sport. Legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, who has guided 10 ATP and WTA stars to world No. 1 status; influential tennis promoter and administrator Mike Davies; and Eiichi Kawatei
, who has played a vital role in the growth of tennis in Japan have all been nominated in the Contributor Category.