Beginning in 1955, all-time tennis legends have been enshrined into The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. The Hall of Fame – which is housed in Newport, RI – is sacred in the tennis world and contains the likes of old timers and new inductees alike. You can come see the history of greats on the men’s side like Rod Laver, Arthur Ashe, and Pete Sampras, as well as on the women’s side with Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, and Steffi Graf. In 2014, as is the case every year, a new induction class will be entering the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is on July 12, while the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships tournament will take place July 5-13. Below is more information on the Hall of Fame, the induction, and the tournament.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is primarily dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, among other things. The Hall of Fame is on six acres, featuring a museum of the sport, 13 grass courts, and an indoor tennis facility. In addition to just being a sports Hall of Fame, the facility has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and is the first sports hall of fame to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, meaning it meets the highest level of professional museum standards.
The 2014 Hall of Fame Induction class is comprised of five individuals who respectively helped shape the sport into what it is today around the globe. Headlining the group is former world No. 1 and six-time Grand Slam tournament champion Lindsay Davenport. Joining Davenport will be five-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck, legendary coach Nick Bollettieri, WTA executive Jane Brown Grimes, and British tennis broadcaster John Barrett. Through the first 60 years of the Hall of Fame’s existence, only 235 people have been given this honor. The ceremony will take place on July 12 and is just one part of the celebratory weekend.
The tournament will feature some of the current best players in the world, including American John Isner and Australian Lleyton Hewitt. Isner will be looking for his third championship in the last four years, as he took home the title in both 2011 and 2012. Nicolas Mahut won the tournament last season in 2013.
One of the greatest part about The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is the location. Newport, Rhode Island, is a coastal town on Aquidneck Island and is just over 20 miles south of the capital city of Providence. For this reason, among many others, Newport is a popular summer resort for many folks in New England.
When you visit Newport, you will have the privilege of staying in one of three pristine Select Registry Rhode Island bed and breakfast properties: Cliffside Inn Bed & Breakfast, La Farge Perry House, and Hydrangea House Inn Bed & Breakfast. The Cliffside Inn contains 16 rooms and has a reputation for combining classic Newport elegance and modern day luxuries. The La Farge Perry House features five Victorian-era guest rooms and is an intimate bed and breakfast in the heart of Newport. The Hydrangea House was built in 1856 and was remodeled in 2005, while it has been recognized by the Rhode Island Historical society for its architectural details and uniqueness. Any of the three would be an excellent choice.
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