Located in the Newport's historic Casino, the International Tennis Hall of Fame celebrates and honors players and other contributors to the sport of tennis. Besides the museum, the facility also includes grass tennis courts, an indoor tennis court, and a court tennis facility. The 1880 Casino, which was built as an exclusive resort, held the first tennis championship organized by the United States Lawn Tennis Association in 1881.
The event continued annually until 1914, and by that time tennis had become the resort's main attraction. In 1954, Jimmy Van Alen added the Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in the Casino. The museum's 13,000 square feet of exhibit space houses a huge collection of memorabilia and artifacts such as videos, photographs, recordings, tennis apparel and equipment, trophies, and tennis-related art. Exhibits depict the history of tennis from its early origins to the modern era. The Hall of Fame hosts the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and several other tournaments.
194 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, website, Phone: 401-849-3990 Photo: International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
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