Tennis Hall of Fame adding fan vote for 2019 class

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The International Tennis Hall of Fame is going to let fans vote to help select its next inductees.

Anyone will be able to submit an online ballot starting in late August for the Class of 2019. The votes will then become part of the overall tally that determines which players are elected.

Members of the Hall of Fame, journalists and tennis historians will continue to be the primary selectors. Inductees need to get 75 percent of the vote to get in.

Now, the top three recipients of votes from fans will get a “bonus” percentage that will be tacked on to what they are given by the main panel 3 percent for the most popular candidate among the fans, 2 percent for second place, 1 percent for third.

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