The Legends Walk: Help Pave the Way to the Future

 

   

The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum honors the greatest names in tennis history. Now, you can have a place for your name at the Hall of Fame as well! For a limited time only, the Hall of Fame is offering engraved bricks that will be placed along The Legends Walk. Weaving throughout the center of the property, this walkway connects to the historic grass courts on which many of the legends have played.

Engraved bricks are a great way to honor a friend, coach or your favorite player. Consider teaming-up with friends, family or even your tennis club or league to place a personalized tribute brick at one of the world's premier tennis landmarks! 

 Bricks & Benches on
The Legends Walk

  • $500 for Members
  • $550 for Non-Members, which includes Classic Membership
  • A limited number of benches are also available for $10,000 each.

 

Fin and Mac Bunting with
a photo of their brick
 

Fin and Mac Bunting

 My personal relationship with the Hall of Fame began when I was about 10 years old and was an avid tennis player who served as a ball boy at the facility's then amateur tournament. I have remained a tennis enthusiast all my life, and I currently play regularly in the USTA 70's New England tournaments. Today, I am proud to say that my grandsons, Mac and Fin Bunting, ages 5 and 7, have already taken a liking to this great sport!

I became actively involved with the Hall of Fame through the Capital Campaign, by serving on the Board of Directors, and recently, as legal counsel.

I bought a brick for my grandsons to support the Hall of Fame and so they would both have a permanent link to this very important institution. I believe they will really enjoy passing over their brick as they participate in tennis and events at the Hall of Fame. The boys were incredibly excited when they received a picture of their brick!

The Hall of Fame's mission is extraordinarily important to the history and future of tennis on a global basis. From the images and accomplishments of the champions of the past, those of the future will derive inspiration. Who knows, maybe two of those champions are on my brick!

- Mac Farmer, Hall of Fame Member

"Spin Shot Scott" Fulfills a Bucket List Dream...

 Every tennis player who plays with heart and passionately loves the sport must make a pilgrimage to Newport, Rhode Island.  The game that has enhanced my joy of life was made to  be played on a lawn. Having played hard courts at Seattle Pacific University and Peking University and on clay at my 2 clubs in St. Augustine, Florida (Atlantic Beach & Tennis Club and Harbour Island Tennis Center), experiencing play on grass for the first time in my life at the International Tennis Hall of Fame fulfilled a memorable "bucket list" dream. 

 

I finally got to see how my notorious spin shots bounce on grass and gained a much deeper appreciation for watching the pros at Wimbledon every summer. Aside from the fascinating racquets, trophies, and tennis memorabilia,... the Hall of Fame Museum was also an inspirational highlight because I got a closer look at legends of the past like Rafael Osuna and Manuel Santana; pros who were famous for spins and drop shots before I was Spin Scott Shot Brickborn.  The videos of these enshrined stars Hall of Famers flashed back into my mind the next day when I felt possessed during a men's clinic on the Hall of Fame Club Courts making shots I couldn't believe myself.  That's a thrill you can seldom get from any other activity in life; when you get into a groove playing sports such as tennis.

 

Between the Museum and Stadium Court is the Legends Walk where I immediately noticed  a commemorative brick dedicated to Françoise Dürr, who I've been told by tennis coaches has the same unique racquet grip that I use. I was so delighted to see another tennis fan appreciate the same master player, who you don't hear about often on television any more, donate a brick in her name. The Legends Walk also has bricks from others for whom tennis is a major part of their lifestyle.

 

I've had opportunities to buy bricks elsewhere in the world and never did it.  A brick at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where legends like Stan Smith and Rod Laver walk alongside avid fans of the game I love so much, means the most to me. My nickname, "Spin Shot Scott", and Chinese name will be seen by people I've enjoyed playing against from Canada to Canton, China as well as every other tennis fanatic who follows my footsteps to the sacred turf.

~ Hall of Fame Member James Scott Black, "Spin Shot Scott"

"4 All Tennis Has Given Me"

Gina Rose Genovese
Gina Rose Genovese

This is the inscription on the brick that Gina Genovese has placed on the Hall of Fame's Legend's Walk.  Gina considers herself very fortunate to have had tennis in her life.  As a matter of fact, the game ultimately shaped her life.  Once ranked as high as 150 in the world, she started playing tennis when she was 16 and played on the pro circuit in 1980 - 1981. Gina was fortunate enough to realize that tennis has so much to offer and, in her case, the game has led her to happiness.  In 1983, she opened Gina's Tennis World in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey.  She tells us that she always dreamed of owning a club so this is her dream come true and it really is "her world".

Gina has coached nationally ranked players and continues to teach at her club. She tells us that she loves finding an excuse to come to Newport to visit the Hall of Fame to explore the rich history of the sport. She has brought many of her students and friends to visit also.  "It is really special to walk through the Museum where you can see the evolution of the racquet, fashions and all aspects of the game. With each visit I always leave feeling so much more in touch with how far we have come."

Gina is constantly reminded what tennis has done for her and she is happy to give something back by supporting the Hall of Fame. She has been a Member for 8 years and this year she also decided to permanently make her mark at the Hall of Fame with a brick on The Legends Walk. In her words, "4 All Tennis Has Given Me".
 

 The Raissi Family Celebrates their love for Tennis with a Brick on The Legends Walk  

Our family has a special love for the game of tennis. Over the years, we have developed an understanding of the game and the challenges created by its physical and mental aspects. For us, the game has created a sense of self confidence and sportsmanship as well as bringing us total enjoyment. 

Our involvement with the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is deeply rooted and dates back decades. It began with  volunteering and has progressed to playing on the grass courts, meeting great people, training with the pros and ultimately becoming Members. There is a very special feeling that comes with the excitement of the induction ceremonies, and attending the tennis tournaments and being part of other events. 

Our love for the game has allowed our children, Parsa & Sepehr, to be exposed to the sport and to understand the concept of giving back to an organization like the Hall of Fame. They began playing tennis when they were 5 and have been volunteering as ball kids since 2005. This has provided them with wonderful, lasting childhood memories. 

The ITHF is a center of excellence for tennis education and training.  It is an organization that we are proud to support to ensure that it remains a landmark for tennis enthusiasts, supporters, players, legends and and inspiration for the future of tennis. We are committed to its goals and growth, as it provides a fun environment for our family, as well as for many other tennis lovers right here in our beautiful state of RI. 

Our brick on The Legends Walk symbolizes how we feel about the game. It is dedicated to our family as a token of the love we share for the sport, while affording us the opportunity to support the Hall of Fame. We are honored to have a permanent remembrance in a place where so many past legends have and will walk. - Mo Raissi, ITHF Member

Long-time Community Tennis Coach is Honored with a Brick on The Legends Walk at the Tennis Hall of Fame

The tennis community in Keene, N.H. gathered for the annual  Keene City Tennis Championships and to honor  the tournament organizer and longtime area tennis coach, Sue Doyle.

 After the finals, Doyle was presented with a photo showing her name engraved on a brick at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I. The brick, already part of the new Legends Walk at the Hall of Fame, was purchased by friends in the tennis community. Tina Spicher bought the brick last April, solicited contributions and put together the post-tournament event. "It was tremendous," Spicher said. "The contributions were overwhelming."

Doyle retired two years ago, after 28 years as the tennis pro at the Keene Country Club. A certified tennis teaching pro through the U.S. Professional Tennis Association, she coached at Monadnock from 1978-90 and with Judy Dubriske at Keene High for the last eight years. Doyle teaches at the Keene Racquet Club and coaches three women's teams. She still plays and plays well, teaming with Spicher during the Championships to win the women's doubles title with a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Kay Sherman and Bobbie Nyland of Peterborough.

SentinelSource.com, The Keene Sentinel, NH - Excerpt from Brick & Breaks, Published: Sept. 21, 2010

Hall of Fame Members Honor Parents with Bench on 
The Legends Walk

Deno & Marie Macricostas, shown at left, purchased a bench
in memory of their parents. A tribute bench is an extraordinary
way to honor or memorialize someone special at one of the
world’s most important tennis landmarks.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR PARENTS
STEFANOS & ANASTASIA - ANTHONY & MARGARET
YOU ALWAYS WALK WITH US
Deno & Marie Macricostas 

 

 


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