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International Tennis Hall of Fame

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Address: 194 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3515
Phone Number:
+1 401-849-3990
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Built in 1880 by the architectural firm, McKim, Mead & White, the...

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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Great Tennis Atmosphere

The International Tennis Hall of Fame has wonderful exhibits and many old (and new) artifacts, some of which date back to the 19th Century. The tour through the exhibit gives you... read more

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Southington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was kinda boring - lots of awards and pictures. If you are REALLY a tennis nut this will be right up your alley

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Montgomery, AL
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The International Tennis Hall of Fame has wonderful exhibits and many old (and new) artifacts, some of which date back to the 19th Century. The tour through the exhibit gives you a very detailed history of how the game of tennis started and how it took hold in various countries, such as the United States and Great Britain. Seeing pictures... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very historic and a good visit for those who love tennis. The building is also attractive. Quick stop and a rare gem of a tennis court.

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rescued from demolition mid-century, this treasure of a building was originally built as a social club for Newport’s elite but evolved into the centerpiece for lawn tennis. The championships held here evolved into what we now know as US Open Tennis. Tennis fans and lovers of grand old buildings alike will appreciate a visit to the Casino.

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Cranford, NJ
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

Great trip down memory lane! I've been to Newport dozens of times in my life and never ventured into the HOF. My wife and I always did the museums. We ventured in today and it was a great decision. We are just modest tennis fans but know all the past and present players and how great they were and are.... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We are tennis enthusiasts, so we were looking forward to visiting the International Tennis Hall of Fame. This is a large museum with lots to see and TONS to read. Frankly, I don't think you could read all of the placards in the museum in two days. I think they would be better served to focus on the highlights. I... More 

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I took my son who is a tennis play - it was interesting and I did enjoy it. I love the history - lots of great information and photos! Enjoy!

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Thank mac91960
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Step back in time and watch tennis players in old fashioned attire play with wooden racquets on the lush lawns of the Newport Casino as you enter the magnificent grounds. Spend at least two hours in the immaculate, stimulating and educational Tennis Hall of Fame Museum and learn even more than you thought possible of the global sport of tennis.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

I love tennis and was interested in visiting. The building is beautiful....not unusual in Newport! The collection is interesting tennis memorabilia and a fun hologram starring Federer. I'm sure it's fun to see in season when the courts are in use. One must be a tennis fan to enjoy this one!

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Reviewed 11 January 2017

I don't know anything about Tennis. But I do know that there could not have been a more appropriate location for the greatest and oldest music festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, to pass the baton of leadership from George Wein to Christian McBride, than at this historic Newport landmark. I knew when I walked in that I was going to... More 

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