Our Rich History, Our Bright Future
Since its founding in 1954 as a “shrine to the ideals of the game,” the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum has celebrated the global sport of tennis and the distinct heritage of Newport, Rhode Island. Spanning seven acres and nearly six decades, it has become a community treasure and a destination for tennis fans from around the world.
The Hall of Fame is set in a National Historic Landmark, an extraordinary property that was designed by architects McKim, Mead & White and built in 1880 as a social club for the community. In 1881, the facility hosted the first U.S. National Lawn Tennis Championships, the tournament that grew to become today’s US Open. From the first serve of that first national championship, the manicured grass courts of Newport were forever etched in tennis history.
But history, anything but static, comes to life every day on our grounds. Today, the legendary grass courts are open to the public for all to enjoy. Our three indoor courts are popular year-round, busy with tennis leagues, tournaments, and social programs. The Hall of Fame operates a fascinating museum that traces the history of tennis back from its earliest origins through the modern game we know and love today. Just after Wimbledon, some of the world’s best players travel to Newport to participate in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, which is the only grass court pro tournament in the Americas. Each summer, many of the sport’s greatest champions and contributors gather in Newport to participate in a grand ceremony to bestow the highest honor in the sport of tennis — enshrinement in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Just 235 great champions and leaders in the sport, from 20 countries, have received this great honor.
In the 60 years since our founding, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has developed to be a premier landmark for tennis players and fans, as well as for those who appreciate art, architecture, and history. Through the Match Point Campaign, we are poised to take the next steps to better develop a world-class landmark and tennis facilty.
This is the match point moment for the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. A time of urgency. A time of opportunity. This campaign is not about ongoing operations. It is about being stewards for the game of tennis. It is about advancing the mission of the Hall of Fame. It is about improving our grounds and facilities and expanding our footprint. It is about growing and innovating. It is about the future.