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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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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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New to the Museum: John Isner's 10,000th Ace

American tennis star John Isner is known for bringing some serious heat with his serve every time he steps on court. Earlier this year, the current world No. 9 and three-time Newport champion took his record up a notch when he served up his 10,000th career ace in Houston. The 138 mph fireball down the T put Isner in the elite company of just three other players in tennis history ever to do so.

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Remembering Jana Novotna


The International Tennis Hall of Fame and the WTA partnered with the Prague Open to pay tribute Hall of Famer Jana Novotna, who passed away in November at age 49. Jana's family and friends celebrated her life during the event in her hometown, and her parents were presented with her official Hall of Fame ring.

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5 Things to Know: The Dawn of the Open Era


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. International Tennis Hall of Fame historian-at-large Joel Drucker explains more about how Open tennis came to be, what happened when it all began and its vast implications.

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Curator's Corner: The First Open Tournament, Bournemouth 1968

4/20/2018 Curator's Corner

The year 1968 was a monumental one for tennis when professionals were granted access to compete in the most important tournaments for the very first time, ultimately spurring the global explosion of the sport. Fifty years ago this week, the first tournament of tennis' Open Era took place in Bournemouth, England at the Hard Court Championships of Great Britain.

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Boris Becker Honored with Hall of Fame ring in Monte-Carlo

In a ceremony fit for a king of the courts, the royal family of Monaco and a crowd of adoring fans took part in presenting former world No. 1 and 6-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker with his Hall of Fame ring during the 2018 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

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