- Associated Press - Thursday, February 23, 2012

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - 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.

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