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Former LTA head Stuart Smith honored with Golden Achievement Award


In a special ceremony hosted at The Queen’s Club on Wimbledon’s Middle Sunday, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Tennis Federation partnered to pay tribute to longtime tennis industry leader Stuart Smith, who has served the sport in an administrative role both in Britain and within the global tennis community. The Golden Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions internationally to tennis in the fields of administration, promotion, or education, and who has devoted long and outstanding service to the sport.

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International Tennis Hall of Fame Partners with UTR Powered by Oracle

The ITHF, one the tennis world’s most storied landmarks and venues, is adopting UTR Powered by Oracle as its official player rating system. Read More

Tennis Worthy: Althea Gibson

It was Saturday night on July 6, 1957. This was the evening of the Wimbledon Ball, a grand celebration of The Championships. As was the tradition, the men’s singles winner, in this case Australian Lew Hoad, danced with the ladies’ champion. But in this instance, tradition twined with revolution: the emergence of the first African-American to ever win a Grand Slam title. Her name, Althea Gibson.

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My Most Memorable Day: Boris Becker


As six-time major champion, former world No. 1, and Olympic Gold Medalist, Hall of Famer Boris Becker has had his share of memorable days on the court. But, which day stands out as most meaningful to the German legend? Which day does he consider his “second birthday?” Click through to hear all about it from Boris himself.

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Dr. Whirlwind Johnson Tennis Court Restored & Dedicated


The Richmond, Virginia tennis court where Dr. Robert Johnson trained Hall of Famers Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe has been restored and dedicated in Dr. Johnson's honor. It will be used for youth tennis programming this fall.

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50 Years of Open Tennis - Exhibit Now Open!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of what’s likely the most important occurrence in the history of tennis: The creation of Open tennis. It happened in 1968, and in large part was the launching point for what has blossomed into today’s worldwide, multi-million dollar professional circuit. The exhibit celebrates the stories of the pioneers who fought for this revolutionary change, and explores the progress that tennis has experienced over these five decades.

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In Memoriam: Maria Esther Bueno


Brazilian tennis legend Maria Esther Bueno passed away on June 8 at age 78. Bolstered by innate natural talent, a stunningly elegant style of play, and the unmistakable drive of a champion, Bueno won 19 major titles- seven in singles, 11 in women's doubles, and one in mixed doubles.

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5 Things to Know: The First Open Major

6/8/2018 Tennis History

This year's French Open marks 50 years since tennis' first major of the Open Era. Tennis was experiencing a monumental transformation, and controversy in Paris added an unexpected level of drama. The tournament in 1968 was an historic moment for the sport, featuring great champions and widespread crowd support. Here's 5 Things You Need to Know about this important moment in tennis history.

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(Real) Tennis Anyone? A Short History of the Royal & Ancient Game of Tennis


Some of the world's best Court Tennis players headed to Newport, RI in June to compete in the U.S. Pro Singles Championship for the Schochet Cup. Court Tennis, also known as Real Tennis or Royal Tennis, is a fascinating racquet sport that requires great focus, solid strategic thinking skills, and remarkable athleticism to compete. There are currently just 10 Court Tennis courts in the the United States, with one being The National Tennis Club at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The sport is also very popular in Great Britain and Australia. What is it all about? Read on for details.

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Introducing Aces for Rhode Island – make a pledge today!

Local non-profits in Rhode Island will be soliciting pledges for every ace served on center court during the 2018 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open. Starting at just 5 cents per pledge and with approximately 300 aces expected, Aces for Rhode Island has unlimited potential to easily and effectively generate significant funds for charities throughout the Ocean State.

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