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, spectators, and all-around enthusiasts of the sport. Here’s a closer look at all things tennis in Newport.
A Love Affair: Newport & Tennis
The International Tennis Hall of Fame was first conceptualized by former Newport Casino president Jimmy 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 (a seven acre site) more than a century ago, but since that time the now-International Tennis Hall of Fame has played host to almost all of the legends of the sport. The museum contains over 25,000 objects, extensive photographic & audiovisual collections and 243 Hall of Famers.
Excellent Serves on Display
Speaking of legends of the sport, the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open offers a terrific opportunity to see some legends-in-the-making. The 28 player draw is now largely set and features a brilliant mix of Newport fan favorites, exciting new players and players with impressive grass court resumes. Some of these players include defending champion Jon Isner, who will be returning to Newport for the first time as a top-10 player. The tournament will also welcome back past singles and doubles champion Nicolas Mahut and 2016 Champion, Ivo Karlovic. Joining the Newport veterans will be a group of dynamic rising stars including Alex de Minaur, Thanasi Kokkinakis (who earlier this year knocked out world No. 1 Rodger Federer at the Miami Open) and 2016 NCAA Champion Mackenzie McDonnald. These players and more will battle it out on the grass courts for the chance to take home the coveted Van Alen Cup at this year's tourney.
Schedule of Events
- Sunday, July 15th: Family Fun Day & Qualifying Rounds
Monday, July 16th: Tournament Early Rounds, ATP Juniors Clinic, USPTA Free Tennis Lessons
Tuesday, July 17th: Tournament Early Rounds, USPTA Free Tennis Lessons, USTA Member Appreciation Day
Wednesday, July 18th: Tournament Early Rounds, Fashion Show & Prosecco Brunch
Thursday, July 19th: Tournament Quarterfinals
Friday, July 20th: Tournament Quarterfinals, AARP Day, Wheelchair Tennis Clinic, Women's Tennis Match (Sloane Stephens vs. Madison Keys)
Saturday, July 21st: 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Singles Semifinals, Doubles Finals
Sunday, July 22nd: Singles Final, Invesco Legends Newport
A full schedule of events add to the thrills, including everything from Family Day activities on July 15th to a fashion show and prosecco brunch on July 19th to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 21st. Wimbledon Champion Michael Stich and 14-time Major Champion in Doubles and Mixed Doubles Helena Suková 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 15th-22nd. (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 workout or two of your own? The Chanler offers the perfect solution. Not only is our hotel located within walking distance to the ITHF (approximate 10 minute walk), 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.