Family Weekend & Qualifying Tournament during Fourth of July Weekend
NEWPORT, R.I. -
The International Tennis Hall of Fame will kick-off the annual Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships with Family Weekend, a fun-filled special event offering great activities for all ages in the Museum and on the courts on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. Simultaneously, professional tennis players from around the world will take to the legendary grass courts for the Qualifying Tournament, in which they will vie for a playing spot in the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event to be held July 5 – 11.
Family Weekend will feature activities and entertainment including youth tennis clinics for ages 4- 16, Museum tours, scavenger hunts, face-painting, Wii tennis on a 7-foot screen, tennis-themed crafts and more!
A highlight of the weekend will be special presentations by The Rossetti Brothers, who hold the Guinness World Record for the Longest Tennis Volley. In 2008, Angelo and Ettore Rossetti achieved the record when they reached 25,944 straight volleys, lasting a total of 14 hours and 31 minutes. The Rossetti’s will dazzle crowds with a special demonstration of their unique talents at the Hall of Fame during Family Weekend! Additionally, the actual tennis ball used in the world record achievement will be on display in the Museum!
On the courts, Qualifying Tournament offers a great opportunity to see world-class professional tennis up-close. The two-day tournament attracts rising stars and tennis professionals from around the world, as they compete to earn a spot in the only grass court professional tournament in North America.
Admission for Family Weekend and the Qualifying Tournament is $5 for children 16 and under and $11 for adults. Tickets for Family Weekend and the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships are now available for purchase online through www.tennisfame.com or by calling the Tournament Office at 401-849-6053 or 866-914-FAME (3263).
The full schedule of events for the International Tennis Hall of Fame Family Weekend and the Qualifying Tournament is as follows.
Saturday July 3 and Sunday, July 4
On the Courts
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. USTA Quick Start Tennis (ages 4 - 10)* Saturday Only
11:00 a.m. Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championship Qualifying Rounds begin
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Junior Tennis Clinic with Hall of Fame Pros (ages 7 - 16)* Saturday Only
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. USTA Quick Start Tennis (ages 4 - 10)* Sunday Only
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rossetti Brothers Demonstration and Clinic (ages 7 – 16)*
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. USTA Quick Start Tennis (ages 4 - 10)*
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Junior Tennis Clinic with Hall of Fame Pros (ages 7 - 16)*
*Reservations requested for tennis clinics. Please call 401-849-6053.
In the Museum
9:30 a.m. Museum & Grounds Open
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Face Painting, Scavenger Hunts through the Museum
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Guided Museum & Grounds Tours
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Balloon Animals Sunday Only
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Rossetti Brothers Presentation
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Old Fashion Tennis Dress Up & Photos
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tennis Themed Arts & Crafts
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Nintendo Wii
Family Weekend and the Qualifying Tournament precede the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event drawing 32 top male players to Newport direct from Wimbledon to compete for the Van Alen Cup and $442,500 in prize money. The player field will be a competitive one this year as it features top-100 players in the top eight seeds and four of the top-10 Americans on the ATP World Tour. Players scheduled to compete in Newport include No. 3 American Sam Querrey, No. 7 American Mardy Fish, defending champion and No. 8 American Rajeev Ram and 2002 champion and No. 10 American Taylor Dent.
For additional information, please visit tennisfame.com or call 866-914-FAME (3263).
About the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
The Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event, will be held July 5 – 11, 2010 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. The tournament draws 32 top male players to Newport direct from Wimbledon to compete for the Van Alen Cup and $442,500 in prize money. Hosted on the legendary grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is the only ATP World Tour event played on grass in North America. In conjunction with the tournament, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum will host the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 10. For additional information, visit www.tennisfame.com.
Anne Marie McLaughlin