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International Tennis Hall of Fame
Ranked #17 of 110 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Midlothian, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very cool”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Great place to stop and see....lots of neat history....good tour guides....lots of cool stuff. Fun to look back at the history of the game.

Visited October 2013
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London, UK
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“Pretty Tennis Venue”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stopped here to have afternoon tea by the lawn tennis court where croquet was being played. Lovely relaxing atmosphere in very pretty surroundings, reminiscent of Wimbledon during the Championship. Lovely place for lunch.

Visited September 2013
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“For Tennis fans, a neat spot”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

The setting for this Newport landmark is exquisite - grass courts, architecture from another era, and a very reasonable entrance fee. Don't expect a big deal - or much in the way of interactive exhibits - but if you are even a casual fan, seeing how the game evolved, with highlights of recent inductees, is a pleasant tour. Two hours is plenty of time so you can move down the street and see the Mansions!
Or come in the summer for the 1 week for the only grass tournament in the US featuring top pros.

Visited July 2013
Thank Gary S
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Tennis History Brought to Life in a Beautiful Setting”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

If you love tennis, this is the must see place to visit. Enter this Tudor Style architectural gem and you will feel like you are in England with ivy covered walls and a beautiful garden. Straight ahead is a grass court you can actually play on with a pro. There are also clay courts in the complex as well as lovely outdoor venues suitable for events. Inside the main building is a pleasant walk through tennis history with a LOT of interesting rackets, trophies, pictures and other memorabilia. There is also a memorabilia store with plenty of gift ideas. The museum also sponsors celebrity tennis events and has a restaurant adjacent where you can dine and watch a match. It is at the beginning of the area where the famous Newport mansions are located and is surrounded by interesting shops and restaurants. Also nearby is the church where President and Mrs. Kennedy were married, so there is a lot to occupy you in this one area.

Visited September 2013
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Farmington, Connecticut, United States
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“Played Tennis w pro for 2 hours”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Had reservation to play on grass courts w a pro, but it rained and the courts were closed. Was able to play indoors w pro which was fun. Will return to play on grass and see museum. Was pricey ($120/hr) for indoor play with average level pro. Facilities were very charming and nostalgic.

Visited September 2013
Thank CT Rob G
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