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International Tennis Hall of Fame
Ranked #17 of 117 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.
Bismarck, North Dakota
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Does not look like much from the street, but after you walk inside you will be amazed. Lots of history, great grounds

Visited February 2013
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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“Not a tennis fan, but still an interesting place to visit!”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

I had never seen an actual grass tennis court before. I was surprised that this was located in the middle of a picturesque storefronts on a well-travelled Newport street near the mansions. The museum was filled with photos and historical information that gave me some insights about tennis history and the people that contributed to it. Very interesting - and well worth a visit. There is a restaurant on site that you can stop in when you finish exploring. Great ambiance all around!

Visited July 2013
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Chipping Norton
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

Even if you are not a tennis fan the tour of this museum will surely be memorable. We loved reading historical achievements of all the international tennis players.

Visited September 2013
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Stamford, Connecticut
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“Exceeded expectations”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

My husband and I thought we would go through the museum in about an hour, however there was so much to read and so many interesting things to see we actually spent about 2.5 hours there and certainly didn't read every little thing. Very well put together and if you like tennis I highly recommend a visit. You can get $2 off ticket prices if you check with your hotel on their discount flyers. Learned lots of new stuff and was fascinated to see how the sport has evolved since the 1800's.

Visited November 2013
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Cranford, New Jersey
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“Tennis fans and Newport history buffs will love it”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

After spending a full day touring the historic mansions of Newport and continually hearing references to tennis as one of the mainstay activities of the elite, a visit to the International Tennis Hall of Fame brings it all together. From the street view it is impossible to realize the immense size of the facility. This is the place that the US Open Tennis tournament began. The museum is very up-to-date, with great touch-screen interactive exhibits, artifacts from the early days of tennis to today. The grounds are beautiful and the historic building of the Newport Casino (not a casino in today's definition) are a bonus. A must for tennis fans.

Visited November 2013
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