Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz’s coaches nominated for Tennis Hall of Fame

Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya have appeared in the ballot for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The coaches of Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal are both Grand Slam champions, with their only Major triumphs coming at the French Open, but are yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The ballot for the International Tennis Hall of Fame has been released, with all but one of the former pros on the list appearing in the lineup in the past but failing to get voted into the prestigious group. Daniel Nestor is the only player making his debut on the ballot, while the likes of Moya and Ferrero have another shot of getting into the Hall of Fame.

The two Spaniards were at the top of the game in their heyday but are now better known for coaching their country’s biggest stars of the moment – Nadal and Alcaraz. The duo currently sit at the top of the rankings with the 19-year-old at world No 1 and the 22-time Major winning at world No 2 – the first time in 22 years that two men from the same country have occupied the top two spots of the ATP rankings.

But Moya and Ferrero were the Nadal and Alcaraz of their own era, with both men reaching No 1 in the rankings. Moya ascended to the top in 1999 after winning the 1998 French Open, retiring aged 34 in 2010 with 20 singles titles to his name.

Meanwhile, Ferrero won the French Open in 2003 and reached the final of the US Open that same year, hitting world No 1 as a result. He retired ten years ago at the age of 32 with 16 titles to his name. The four-time Masters player then took up coaching five years later, beginning a partnership with Alexander Zverev in 2017.

They split a few months later after difficulties in their working relationship, with Ferrero soon turning his attention to a then-16-year-old Alcaraz in 2019. And he has guided the teenager through a wildly successful breakout season that has seen him go from No 32 to No 1 in the space of nine months, winning five titles in 2022 including the US Open and two Masters.

Moya turned to coaching in 2016, taking up a brief stint with former world No 3 Milos Raonic. He then joined team Nadal and worked alongside the 36-year-old’s uncle Toni in 2017 – a resurgent year for the current world No 2 which saw him win two Grand Slam titles – taking over as the main coach alongside Francisco Roig when uncle Toni stepped down.

While both Moya and Ferrero have won Grand Slams and reached world No 1 as both players and coaches, they are yet to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Cara Black, Ana Ivanovic, Flavia Panetta and Lisa Raymond have also returned to the ballot this year alongside the two Spaniards and debutant Nestor.
Players are inducted into the Hall of Fame if they receive a total of at least 75 per cent or higher of the combined total of the Official Voting Group – made up of of tennis journalists, historians, and Hall of Famers – and any additional percentage points earned from a public fan vote.

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