Tennis has been a part of Newport’s culture since the Gilded Age, when the city served as a summer playground for America’s wealthiest families. Today, that history is on display at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, located on the grounds of what was once Newport’s most exclusive social club. As the summer season comes into focus, we’re gearing ourselves up for a season filled with exciting activities like sailing around Newport’s harbors, summer polo matches, and, of course, tennis matches. As you make your plans to visit us in Newport, Rhode Island this summer, don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the action yourself. Book your room at our romantic luxury inn.
Visiting the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Tennis has long been a popular pastime for the residents of Newport. The Newport Casino, which was built in 1879, was an exclusive resort for wealthy Newport summer residents. It was here that the United States Lawn Tennis Association had held its first championships in 1881, an event which continued until 1914, and which made tennis the main attraction at the Newport Casino.
Eventually, the casino began to fall into decline, but was ultimately rescued and converted to what is now the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. Since its inception in 1954, the Hall of Fame honors the sport’s top players whose accomplishments deserve recognition as being among the greatest in tennis history. Over the past 64 years, just 252 individuals have been honoured, hailing from 23 nations. This year the Tennis Hall of Fame will induct Michael Stich, and Czech tennis legend Helena Sukova. Stich is the sixth German to be inducted, joining the ranks of Boris Becker, Stefanie Graf, and 1930s tennis greats Barron Gottfried Von Cramm, Hans Nusslein, and Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling. Helena Sukova is a 14-time major champion in doubles and mixed doubles. Stich and Sukova will be officially inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on 21 July, during Hall of Fame Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island.
Inside the museum, you’ll find over 1,900 tennis-related artifacts, perfect for any fan of this great sport. Today, the courts at the Tennis Hall of Fame are available for public play, and also host professional tournaments each summer.
Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open
Each July, after Wimbledon, the top ATP World Tour Pros come to Newport for the annual Hall of Fame Open. This Year’s Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open will take place July 15 – 22, 2018. This event is the first stop in the summer swing for Pro Tennis in the United States, and it’s your only chance to see the sport played on grass anywhere outside of Europe. Tickets for the Tennis Week events are already on sale, so you’ll want to act fast.
As you are planning your visit to Newport, make sure to book your accommodations at the Cliffside Inn. We’re located just a short walk from the Tennis Hall of fame, in addition to other top attractions in Newport. We look forward to welcoming you soon!