I was recently thrilled to learn that longtime tennis photographer Russ Adams has been nominated for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. (For more information, see their press release.)
In the late 1960s Adams led the way toward getting photographers courtside, when previously they were relegated to shooting from the stands. This, along with other accomplishments, has literally changed the look and impact of sports photography.
I'll admit to some bias, as I've known Russ for about 10 years, and he's a great guy to chat with. (See "Shooting Stars," an article I wrote with Russ in 2005 for USTA Magazine.) Aside from that, his professional accomplishments and influence over an entire industry stand apart from what most of us could dream.
This is the second time Russ has been nominated. Hopefully he won't need three to be charmed.