Join Us for a Match Re-Enactment & Celebration to Mark the 130th Anniversary of the U.S. National Championship

Join Us for a Match Re-Enactment & Celebration to Mark the 130th Anniversary of the U.S. National Championship

In August 1881, the world’s best tennis players gathered on the elite grass courts in Newport for the very first U.S. National Lawn Tennis Championship. Richard Sears captured the U.S. national title that year, eventually going on to win the following six consecutive years. The tournament inspired nation’s enthusiasm for tournament tennis, and the event expanded over the years – ultimately evolving to today’s US Open. 

In celebration of the 130th anniversary of the event that inspired a nation’s passion for tennis, the International Tennis Hall of Fame will host an 1881 Celebration, complete with a re-enactment of that first national championship played by tennis players in old-fashioned sportswear. Guests can watch the re-enactment, try their hand at wooden racquet tennis, tour the Museum, and enjoy period music and refreshments. Hall of Famer and beloved tennis journalist and historian Bud Collins will commentate the match and we’ll also welcome the grandson of champion Richard Sears – John Winthrop Sears, a 81-year-old a lifelong Bostonian who was a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate in 1982.  

Saturday, August 20
11 am – 4 pm
Match Re-Enactment at 12:30 pm
Museum and grounds tours will be offered at 11 am and 2 pm.
Free for ITHF Members and kids ages 16 & under, $11 for adults, $9 for seniors/military
For additional information, please call 401-849-3990 or email newport@tennisfame.com.


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