Andy Roddick, Samantha Stosur and the Other Active Hall of Famers

Van Sias@@Van_SiasContributor IIIOctober 12, 2011

Andy Roddick, Samantha Stosur and the Other Active Hall of Famers

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    Andy Roddick, who has advanced to the third round at the Shanghai Masters event, hasn't exactly had a 2011 to remember. But what's lost amid the results, which hundreds of players on the ATP Tour would love to have, is that he's first-ballot Hall of Fame material.

    Yes, Roddick will be enshrined with the immortals when his career is all said and done: right there with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova.

    Among the surefire future inductions of those players, as well as Novak Djokovic and Kim Clijsters, there are other active players that will be making speeches on the lawns of Newport, Rhode Island in the years to come. Following are a look at the players who, if they were to stop playing today, have nothing to worry about.

Andy Roddick

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    Career-High Ranking: 1

    Career-High Doubles Ranking: 50

    Singles Titles/Finals: 30/20

    Doubles Titles/Finals: 4/4

    Grand Slam Titles (Singles, Doubles and Mixed)/Finals: 1/4

    Why He's a Lock: Roddick catches outside flack for winning one Slam (the U.S. Open in 2003), but making four other finals is nothing to sneeze at. He's won 30 titles,including five Masters Series events, and a Davis Cup. Plus, a stat that gets completely overlooked is the fact that from the beginning of 2003 to the end of 2011, Roddick only spent eight weeks ranked outside of the top 10.

Samantha Stosur

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    Career-High Singles Ranking: 4

    Career-High Singles Ranking: 1

    Singles Titles/Finals: 3/9

    Doubles Titles/Finals: 23/13

    Grand Slam Titles (Singles, Doubles and Mixed)/Finals: 5/5

    Why She's a Lock: Currently, there are three active players that have won Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles: Two of them are a pair of sisters named Venus and Serena, and the other one is Stosur. Before she put more of a focus on her singles career, resulting in a win at this year's U.S. Open, Stosur had made the finals of all the Grand Slams in doubles at least once.

Lleyton Hewitt

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    Career-High Singles Ranking: 1

    Career-High Doubles Ranking: 18

    Singles Titles/Finals: 28/14

    Doubles Titles/Finals: 2/4

    Grand Slam Titles (Singles, Doubles and Mixed)/Finals: 3/2

    Why He's a Lock: While his game might not have been as flashy as some of his peers, there's no denying what Hewitt accomplished: two year-end championship titles and two Grand Slam singles titles in a brief span. Stosur's fellow Aussie helped restore the nation to prominence on the global tennis scene.

Bob and Mike Bryan

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    Career-High Doubles Ranking: 1

    Doubles Titles/Finals: 73/41

    Grand Slam Titles (Doubles and Mixed)/Finals (between them): 20/12

    Why They're a Lock: Two words best describe the twin brothers from California: all-time greats. They own a career Grand Slam, a Davis Cup title and the most titles won as a team. They're legendary together, and not so bad when they're apart, as each owns a few Major titles in mixed doubles.

Svetlana Kuznetsova

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    Career-High Singles Ranking: 2

    Career-High Doubles Ranking: 3

    Singles Titles/Finals: 13/19

    Doubles Titles/Finals: 14/15

    Grand Slam Titles (Singles, Doubles and Mixed)/Finals: 3/7

    Why She's a Lock: Kuznetsova surprised the tennis world when she won the U.S. Open in 2004, becoming the third Russian woman to win a Major that year. Nearly five years later she won her second singles Slam at the French Open, cementing her versatility. She's played in almost as many doubles finals as singles over the course of her career and has had great success in Fed Cup.

Juan Carlos Ferrero

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    Career-High Singles Ranking: 1

    Career-High Doubles Ranking: 198

    Singles Titles/Finals: 16/18

    Doubles Titles/Finals: 0/0

    Grand Slam Titles (Singles, Doubles and Mixed)/Finals: 1/2

    Why He's a Lock: "The Mosquito" has had quite a nice career, including winning multiple Masters Series titles and the 2003 French Open. He probably should have won a couple of more French Opens, particularly in '01 and '02, but gaining the No. 1 ranking and also making two Major finals should be more than enough to make him a first-ballot inductee for the Hall of Fame.

Lisa Raymond

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    Career-High Singles Ranking: 15

    Career-High Doubles Ranking: 1

    Singles Titles/Finals: 4/8

    Doubles Titles/Finals: 73/38

    Grand Slam Titles (Singles, Doubles and Mixed)/Finals: 10/11

    Why She's a Lock: Any conversation about women's doubles over the past 15 years has to start with Raymond. She's won Slams with multiple partners over the years, a true mark of greatness. And it's not like she couldn't hold her own on a singles court, having made the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon over the course of her career.

Daniel Nestor

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    Career-High Singles Ranking: 58

    Career-High Doubles Ranking: 1

    Singles Titles/Finals: 0/0

    Doubles Titles/Finals: 73/47

    Grand Slam Titles (Singles, Doubles and Mixed)/Finals: 9/9

    Why He's a Lock: Nestor is one of the greatest doubles players of all time. It might not get much press, but here's an interesting statistic: He is the only player, in doubles or singles, to win at least one title at all nine of the ATP Masters Series events. That's on top of owning a career Grand Slam, an Olympic Gold medal and multiple year-end championship titles.

Ana Ivanovic

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    Career-High Singles Ranking: 1

    Career-High Doubles Ranking: 50

    Singles Titles/Finals: 10/4

    Doubles Titles/Finals: 0/1

    Grand Slam Titles (Singles, Doubles and Mixed)/Finals: 1/2

    Why She's a Lock: Though it may seem as if Ivanovic is far removed from her heyday, there's no denying what she accomplished back then. She reached the top spot in the rankings and reached three Slam finals in singles, winning the 2008 French Open, which should be enough to help her earn a spot among the game's greats.

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi

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    Career-High Doubles Ranking: 1

    Doubles Titles/Finals (as a team): 26/12

    Grand Slam Titles (Singles, Doubles and Mixed)/Finals (between them): 23/22

    Why They're a Lock: "The Indian Express" was once one of the most dominant pairs on the ATP Tour at one point before splitting up for a few years. They reunited as full-on partners in 2011 and have been playing the same level of high-caliber tennis as they did in 1999, when they made the finals of all four Grand Slams.

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