1975 US Open champ Orantes in Tennis Hall of Fame

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


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.