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International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum

194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-849-3990
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Ranked #17 of 66 attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Sports Complexes, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Tennis
Owner description: Built in 1880 by the architectural firm, McKim, Mead & White, the Museum galleries chronicle the rich history of tennis through interactive exhibits,... more » Owner description: Built in 1880 by the architectural firm, McKim, Mead & White, the Museum galleries chronicle the rich history of tennis through interactive exhibits, dynamic videos and popular memorabilia from historic champions and the superstars of today. Dramatically set in the original club rooms of the Casino, visitors of all ages delight in Stanford White’s architectural detail as well as the state-of-the-art gallery experience. In the Woolard Family Enshrinement Gallery plaques commemorate the great players, coaches, administrators and writers that have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. There are 235 Hall of Famers, representing 20 countries. In 1986, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the governing body of tennis, officially recognized the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum as the sport’s official Hall of Fame. The property today is now 6 acres and consists of the Newport Casino, 13 grass courts, 1 clay court, an indoor tennis facility, the Court Tennis facility, a grandstand and a historic 297-seat theatre. In July, the venue annually hosts the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, the only ATP professional grass court tournament in the Americas. These are the only professional grass courts that are open to the public for play. « less
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Bondsville, Massachusetts
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94 reviews 94 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The week after Wimbledon the ATP professionals head to Newport. Last grass court tournament of the year and it ends the grass court season. Normally no top 10 or even top 20 players, but the tennis is different and the seats are very close to the action. One of the few places that serve and volley tennis is still played.... More

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New York City, New York
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280 reviews 280 reviews
25 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Went here for a private event on a rainy evening. Walked through the museum on the way to the event space and got to look at all the tennis history and memorabilia. The grass tennis court in the middle of the center is beautifully maintained and has a restaurant surrounding it on one side. We didn't get to experience much... More

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We toured the grounds ($3 each) - well worth it. Such amazing architecture. My husband found the perfect tennis shoes at the pro shop - and the attendants were very helpful and professional. I found a cute tennis skirt at the retail store, and the ladies there were wonderful.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Really makes you beleave you are going back nearly one hundred years . Also looks like small Wimbledon. You can play if you like .

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had a great visit, the staff was very friendly and gave us a military appreciation pass, which was very kind. We enjoyed all the exhibits and the tennis courts. We didn't stay for lunch, but it looked like a wonderful place to grab a bite or drink, overlooking the grass court. Nice visit, recommend.

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Westerly
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Had an opportunity to visit for a wedding reception and was overwhelmed. Even though we are not tennis fans we could not help but be impressed with this facility. It is beautiful and meticulously maintained. The food and service was just as wonderful. Drop into the museum and tour the grounds if tennis is your game.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

While in Newport, if you find yourself tired of Mansions, and you happen to be a tennis fan, then you should come and take a look of this Hall and Museum. You will have plenty of memorabilia and information about your favourite tennis player. Make sure you check the operating hours!

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Montreal
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129 reviews 129 reviews
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We heard about this place but not being tennis fans were not tempted to visit. However, we checked it out during a walkabout and were impressed, It's so quaint. Well worth the visit.

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Pune
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Like - Display of all grand slam winners and candid snaps. Unlike - Cold, not so happening Spend few minutes as it is better to spend time on beach side in some resturant.

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New Mexico
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24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It was really neat to see the grass courts and the museum of all the tennis champs celebrated throughout the years. A neat museum of the history of the sport and antique racquets and shoes and gear. Enjoyed the contemporary artifacts of tennis players. Really worth your while if you are a tennis nut like me.

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