Exclusive Rings for Extraordinary Legends
They’ve collected gold medals, silver plates, crystal goblets, and the most coveted trophies in tennis. Now, an elite group of tennis players and contributors are being presented with a unique and valuable new item to round out their awards. In 2010, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum has launched a multi-year program to present Hall of Famers with a commemorative ring to mark their achievement of Hall of Fame induction.
|Photos & Video of Ring Presentations||Upcoming Ring Presentations|
The rings have been generously underwritten by the Bruce T. Halle family of Scottsdale, Ariz., owners of Discount Tire, dedicated philanthropists, and tennis enthusiasts. The personalized rings bear a green stone set in gold, to complement the Hall of Fame’s brand colors. In addition, the rings are etched with each honoree’s name and the Hall of Fame logo crest. With the kind support of the ATP World Tour and the WTA, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has begun to make presentations to Hall of Famers at tournaments and other tennis events around the world, and will continue to do so over the next several years.
“Induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame is the highest honor that a tennis player can receive. We are pleased to be able to recognize this achievement with this special ring, which only the best tennis players and contributors in the world will have the honor of wearing,” said Christopher E. Clouser, chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. “We would like to thank the Halle family for showing their love for the game by making this program possible. In addition, we are grateful to our partners at the ATP World Tour and WTA, who have supported the program by incorporating these ring presentations into tennis tournaments around the world. The presentations are a great chance to honor the legends and also provide a special experience for the fans to enjoy.”
Presently, there are 85 Hall of Famers residing in 16 different countries, a testament to the global reach of the game. Ring presentations have already occurred in Newport; Delray Beach, Fla.; Houston; and Barcelona. Additional presentations are scheduled for Buenos Aires, Montecarlo, and Washington, D.C., among other cities.
Upcoming Ring Presentations
Ring presentations are often scheduled as Center Court events during popular tennis events around the world. If you're in the area or attending one of these upcoming events, we hope you'll join us in the celebration of these legendary tennis stars.
|Hall of Famer||Presentation Date||Venue|
|Numerous Australian Greats!||January 2013||Australian Open|
|Hall of Famer||Venue|
|Tony Trabert||2011 Hall of Fame Weekend|
|Fred Stolle||2011 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, FL|
|2011 US Men's Clay Court Championship. Houston, TX|
|2011 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain
|Stefanie Graf||2011 Hall of Fame Weekend, Newport, RI|
Judge Robert Kelleher
|2011 Famers Classic, Los Angeles, CA|
|2011 US Open
& Surrounding Events, New York, NY
|Stan Smith||SAP Open, San Jose, CA|
|Gabriela Sabatini||Copa Claro, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|2012 BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, CA|
|2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco|
|Martina Navratilova||2012 Wimbledon, on-air, Tennis Channel|
|Donald Dell and Monica Seles||2012 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, Newport, RI|
|Mike Davies||2012 New Haven Open at Yale, presented by First Niagara|
|Peachy Kellmeyer||Special Event, August 012 in New York City|
|John McEnroe||2012 US Open, on-air, ESPN|