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International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum

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Address: 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +1 401-849-3990
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Activities: Tennis
Description: Beginning January 1, 2015, the Hall of Fame Museum and Grounds is...
Beginning January 1, 2015, the Hall of Fame Museum and Grounds is completely closed to the public for renovations. PLEASE JOIN US MAY 20, 2015 TO VISIT OUR BRAND NEW STATE OF THE ART MUSEUM! 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.
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Too bad this place is closed until May 2015 as they are expanding it really big. Under construction. Nice museum.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Too bad this place is closed until May 2015 as they are expanding it really big. Under construction. Nice museum.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is undergoing a major renovation now, with the re-opening expected in May 2015. If you're in Newport before then and are a tennis fan, it's worth a quick visit as it is FREE until the grand re-opening. The only part of the facility that is currently open is the gallery of Hall of Famers.... More 

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Winter Springs, Florida, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Tennis buffs will like the beautiful grass courts. Lots to see when the renovations are completed. Tributes to many famous players will be included as well as history of game.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I must visit destination if you consider yourself a fan of tennis. There's no better place to absorb the history of the sport than here. You can pay to play on the grass courts, it's so cool and well worth the money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

well yes i played quite a bit when younger so I did enjoy this place, but i'd say you really need to be a tennis fan to appreciate it. If you're older, you get to take a walk back in history and be reminded of all the great players you used to know. Very impressive layout of displays, artifacts, and... More 

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Chester County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Traveling back from your visit to the mansions stop in at this interesting and historic restaurant. Parking is right across the street and is free. The food was very well prepared.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Allow plenty of time for your visit here, there is so much to see. Everything is beautifully displayed with informative explanatory boards. We particularly enjoyed the various outfits; the Teddy Tinling designs, the tiny dress worn by 15 year old Tracey Austin and Gussie Moran's scandalous frilly knickers! The order of some of the displays was a little puzzling, with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Great take for a trip to Newport. It is large museum, with lots of exhibits. We took the guided tour, and she was excellent. The history of tennis in one place. The grass courts and grounds were nice even though it was off season. Any sports fan would enjoy. I would go again and spend more time with the exhibits... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This museum is very well-designed whether you are a tennis player or not. The audio tour is full of easy to follow info and stories. The exhibits are wonderful.

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Estero, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Tennis fans will appreciate seeing the grass courts where the US Open originated. You can play for $120 an hour. We passed. Lots of trophies, pictures, videos and mementoes from stars like tennis shoes worn by Roger Federer or Chris Everett.

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