Museum Overview

The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum presents an exciting chronology of the sport's rich history, from its earliest origins through todays top champions and professional stars.

Explore the Collection
Set dramatically in the original rooms of the historic Newport Casino, the Museum chronicles the history of the
sport and Newport’s role as the cradle of American tennis. The Museum contains a diverse collection of memorabilia, art, fashion and more from the 12th century through present day. Items on display include trophies and attire belonging to the game’s biggest stars, vintage tennis equipment, video highlights of great matches and tennis clothing ranging from Victorian dresses to modern fashions.

Be Inspired in the Hall of Fame
Since 1955, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has honored the game’s greatest champions, innovators, and contributors. Honorees have included legends such as Rod Laver, Tony Trabert, Fred Perry, Billie Jean King, Stan Smith, and recent years have seen the induction of John McEnroe, Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, Patrick Rafter, Pete Sampras and Monica Seles. The Woolard Family Enshrinement Gallery features interactive touchscreen kiosks at which visitors can learn about their favorite Hall of Famer, including video highlights and statistics.

 

Experience the Historic Architecture
Occupying the Newport Casino, which was designed by the American architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the buildings that house the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum are one of the world’s finest examples of Victorian shingle-style architecture. The Newport Casino opened its doors in 1880 as a premier social club for the city’s wealthy summer residents featuring shops, a billiards room, a theatre, tennis courts, sweeping porches lined with intricate lattice work and more. Today, the impeccably preserved structure is a National Historic Landmark and one of Newport’s premier architectural treasures.

Stroll the Stately Grounds
Pairing remarkable architecture alongside 13 manicured grass tennis courts, the grounds at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum are one of the most beautiful sites in Newport. Placards throughout the grounds highlight the site’s extraordinary history, ranging from the inaugural Newport Jazz Festival to the Stanford White Casino Theatre. Another must-see feature is the National Tennis Club, which hosts the unique sport of Court Tennis–a mixture of tennis, squash and chess–and the game from which modern-day tennis evolved.

 


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