Posted February 23, 2012 on AP on Fox
Manuel Orantes has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the master player category. Orantes won the 1975 U.S. Open by beating Jimmy Connors in the final, and he was the runner-up to Bjorn Borg at the 1974 French Open. The Spaniard reached No. 2 in the rankings in 1973, and he was in the year-ending top 10 for five consecutive years. The Hall announced Orantes' election on Thursday. Members of the class of 2012 also include administrator and promoter Mike Davies in the contributor category, and the late wheelchair player Randy Snow in the recent player category. Other inductees will be announced within the next two weeks.

Manuel Orantes to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Spain’s Manuel Orantes who defeated top-seeded Jimmy Connors to capture the 1975 US Open title will be inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame this July. Orantes is the third member of the Class of 2012 to be announced, and he is the only inductee in the Master Player Category. Additional members of the Class of 2012 will be announced within the month ahead. The Induction...

July 14 Has Been Scheduled For The Official Induction Of 1976 US Open Champion Manuel Orantes To The International Tennis Hall Of Fame

On September 7, 1975, Spanish tennis player Manuel Orantes defeated top-seeded Jimmy Connors 6–4, 6–3, 6–3 in the finals of the US Open at Forest Hills in New York. Before winning his first Grand Slam, he came up second to Björn Borg (former world no. 1 tennis player from Sweden) in France at the French Open in the final, giving the Swedish a run for his money by winning...
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