The International Tennis Hall of Fame has added a new interactive element to its fan voting initiative, which is being sponsored this year by French international banking group BNP Paribas.
This year will mark the third year that fans have been given the opportunity to vote for the ITHF’s incoming class of Hall of Famers. The ITHF, which is based in Newport, Rhode Island, is one of just two sports halls of fame where fans’ votes can have a direct impact on a candidate’s induction.
This year there is a new initiative, the “I Vote, You Vote” social media challenge, in which fans around the globe will be encouraged to use their own social media channels to rally other fans to vote. It is being sponsored by BNP Paribas, a longstanding partner of the ITHF.
The 20 fans who engage the most additional voters will be rewarded with a private online chat with small group of Hall of Fame tennis legends.
“BNP Paribas is a longtime and committed supporter of the International Tennis Hall of Fame,” said Jean-Yves Fillion, the chief executive of BNP Paribas USA. “While the special events that are traditionally part of our partnership couldn’t happen in person this year, we are delighted to support the Hall of Fame’s mission to honor the greatest champions in tennis history as the Presenting Sponsor of Fan Voting. Fan Voting provides an opportunity for fans around the world to continue to engage with the sport, and we’re pleased to help make that possible.”
Fans will be able to cast their votes for the nominees from October 1 through October 25 online at vote.tennisfame.com. Inductees will be announced in early 2021 with the induction ceremony slated to take place July 17, 2021.