2014 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
Just after Wimbledon, the ATP World Tour returns to the United States for the summer, with the first stop being the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island. The tournament, which is the only grass court pro tournament in North America, draws top players from around the world, including John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Ivo Karlovic, and defending champion Nico Mahut. Special events add to the action all week, including kids tennis clinics, Alex and Ani Ladies Day, AARP Day, and more!
"We have a strong player field set for Newport in July," said Tournament Director Mark Stenning. "It's always nice to kick off the U.S. summer swing with the top Americans here in Newport just after the Fourth of July. We look forward to welcoming many exciting international tennis stars as well. After watching the excitement of Wimbledon on television these next couple of weeks, the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships offers a great opportunity to see grass court tennis in person and we look forward to welcoming the fans to enjoy a great week of tennis in Newport."
Headlining the American contingent is No. 1 American John Isner, a fan favorite in Newport who counts two Hall of Fame Tennis Championships victories (2012 and 2011) among his eight career titles. Isner is currently ranked world No. 11 on the ATP World Tour and goes into Wimbledon next week as the No. 9 seed.
Steve Johnson, who was the NCAA Singles Champion in 2011 and 2012 when playing for University of Southern California, will make his main draw debut in Newport. Johnson is currently ranked in the world top-75 and has posted big wins over top-30 players in the past two years while climbing the rankings. Donald Young, who recently upset world No. 27 Feliciano Lopez to advance to the third round at the French Open will return to Newport as well. After playing on grass courts for the first time in Newport in 2012, Jack Sock will be back for a third consecutive year. The 21-year-old is currently ranked No. 75 after an impressive run into the third round of the French Open, including a first round upset over world No. 22 Nicolas Almagro.
Ryan Harrison and Tim Smyczek, who have both had success in Newport in past years will also return to Newport in July. Harrison won the Newport doubles title in 2011 with Australian Matt Ebden, who is also committed to play Newport again. Smyczek was a doubles finalist last year, with partner Rhyne Williams.
Joining the Americans in Newport will be defending champion Nicolas Mahut of France, big serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who is currently ranked world No. 33, former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australian.
Mahut will return to Newport after a championship sweep last year in which he had a dream run from wild card entry to winning the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships singles and doubles titles. Both Karlovic and Hewitt have seen great success in Newport in recent years, with Karlovic in the quarterfinals last year and Hewitt advancing to the finals in 2013 and 2012.
Tournament tickets are available on www.HallofFameTennisChampionships.com or by phone at 401-849-6053. Hall of Fame Members save $5 on tickets, and enjoy many other benefits throughout tournament week, including access to a Member Lounge, first-in-line status for autographs, and much more.
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About the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
Hosted on the historic grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is the only ATP World Tour event played in the Northeast and the only pro tournament played on grass courts in North and South America. The tournament draws 32 top male players to Newport direct from Wimbledon to compete for the Van Alen Cup and more than $450,000 in prize money. The Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is made possible through the support of major sponsors including American Express, EMC, Rolex, Chubb Personal Insurance, Alex and Ani, Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard, and Michelob Ultra. The 2014 tournament will be held July 5 - 13, 2014. In addition to exciting pro tennis, a highlight of the week will be the Class of 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony on July 12. For additional information, visit www.HallofFameTennisChampionships.com.