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Tennis Hall of Fame - Newport, Rhode Island

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   Located in the historic Newport Casino, the International Tennis Hall of Fame chronicles a 130 years of tennis, honors 218 of the game's greatest players, and offers a huge collection of tennis memorabilia. Here in Newport, Rhode Island, the Hall of Fame occupies the first U.S. Lawn Tennis Championships site, dating back to 1881. Evolving into today’s U.S. Open, the Newport tournament was moved to New York, and is now one of the four Grand Slam tournaments of the world.
   Although tennis was firmly entrenched in Newport, the tennis resort fell on hard times, with its fate looking more like a line of retail shops. Tennis Hall of Fame Courtyard Ready to expand on Newport's rich tennis history, Jimmy Van Alen made the transitional leap to a Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. Established in 1954, the Hall went on to introduce its first inductees the following year. Beginning in 1975, the Hall went international with England's Fred Perry as the first inductee from another country. Since that time more tennis greats were added, including France's Three Musketeers who dominated tennis in the late 1920s. Naming the greatest men and women players is often difficult because of the long span of the sport, the advances in racquets and fitness, and rule changes in 1968 that allowed amateurs and professionals to compete together. The Hall makes every attempt to include all the international tennis greats. And while you're here at the site of the oldest grass courts in America, just imagine playing on this historic court.

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