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Woodbridge, Woodforde lead nominees

9/10/2009 - Tennis

Led by the pairings of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde and Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva, doubles specialists dominate the list of nominees for the 2010 class at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Woodbridge holds the ATP record for most doubles titles in the Open era, with 83, and spent 204 weeks ranked No. 1 in men's doubles. He and Woodforde -- nicknamed "The Woodies" -- won 61 titles together, including 11 at Grand Slam tournaments. They were the first team in the 20th century to win five consecutive titles at Wimbledon.

They also won a doubles gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and a silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Woodforde was ranked No. 1 in doubles for 84 weeks.

Fernandez and Zvereva won six consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles from 1992-93, only part of their career haul.

The fifth "recent player" category nominee is Anders Jarryd, who completed a career Grand Slam in doubles and finished with 59 total doubles titles with 19 partners.

Other nominees were Owen Davidson, Peter Fleming and Bob Lutz in the master player category and Brad Parks, Nick Bollettieri, Derek Hardwick and Eiichi Kawatei in the contributor category.

The inductees will be announced in January.