Where do many of the world’s best tennis players head every year after Wimbledon? Newport and the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open, the first stop of the summer swing for professional tennis. But that’s just one of many reasons that make Newport -- home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) -- an ace of a destination for tennis players, watchers, and all-around enthusiasts of the sport. Here’s a closer look at all things tennis in Newport.
“The Cradle of Tennis in America”
The International Tennis Hall of Fame was first conceptualized by former Newport Casino presidentJimmy Van Alen and his wife, Candy, after visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Its goal? To preserve the history of tennis, celebrate its champions, and promote global growth. It was officially recognized by the International Tennis Federation in 1986, and the rest is tennis history.
Indeed, there’s no better spot than Newport when it comes to celebrating the legacy of tennis in the US. Not only were the country’s first tennis games played on the fabled courts of the then-Newport Casino more than a century ago, but since that time the now-International Tennis Hall of Fame has played host to all of the legends of the sport.
About the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open
Speaking of legends of the sport, the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open offers a terrific opportunity to see some legends-in-the-making. John Isner, Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Muller, Sam Querrey, Mischa Zverev and Adrian Mannarino are just a handful of the pros who’ll be battling out on the court for the chance to take home the coveted Van Alen Cup at this year's tourney.
A full schedule of events add to the thrills, including everything from Family Day activities on July 16 to Alex and Ani Ladies Day (including a runway show!) on July 20 to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 22nd, during which Kim Clijsters, Andy Roddick, Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, Steve Flink, and Vic Braden will be awarded the sport’s highest honor.
So why wait all the way until the US Open to take in some of the best action in tennis when you can see it first in Newport? In fact, for those looking to catch a glimpse of professional men’s tennis in the Northeast before the end of August, Newport’s International Tennis Hall of Fame is THE place to be this July 16-23. (The Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open is also the only place outside of Europe to play on historic grass courts.)
Of course, can you really witness so many magnificent feats of athleticism without being inspired to get in a workouts or two of your own? The Chanler offers the perfect solution. Not only is our hotel located within walking distance to the ITHF, but guests have unlimited access to the ITHF’s new state-of-the-art fitness facility. This summer, our guests will receive exclusive passes to continue working on all of their fitness goals, even while away from home.
The ball's in your court. Find your perfect getaway package and book a stay at The Chanler during the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open.