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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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Curator's Corner: Alex Olmedo's Winning Spikes

12/14/2017 Curator's Corner

Originally from Peru, Hall of Famer Alex Olmedo was an unlikely US Davis Cup hero. However, thanks to the support of tennis industry leader Perry Jones, the longtime California resident was appointed to the US squad, and went on to lead the Americans to cherished victory. Olmedo won three points in the 1958 final to win the Cup back from the Australians after a three-year streak. The final in Brisbane was wrought with wet conditions, but Olmedo battled through, finding success with the support of these tennis spikes – which are now carefully preserved and displayed at the Hall of Fame.

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Curator's Corner: In the Museum with Guga Kuerten

Lauded in Brazil for his contributions to the sport of tennis and his philanthropic efforts, Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten’s incredible legacy will also be forever celebrated at the ITHF, where he was inducted as a Hall of Famer in 2012. Today, items representing some of the greatest moments of his storied career are among the 2,000 artifacts on display in the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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The Curator's Corner: Tenis en España

4/5/2016 Curator's Corner

This year at the Mutua Madrid Open, the Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame will be highlighting some of Spain’s greatest players, notably, Hall of Famers Manuel Alonso, Andrés Gimeno, Manuel Orantes, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, and Manuel Santana.

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The Curator's Corner: Women, Tennis and War Efforts

3/4/2016 Curator's Corner
Women’s tennis history extends beyond the court. Many pioneering women paved the way for current players such as Serena & Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radawanska, and many other inspiring players. In celebrating Women’s History Month, we revisit some of the women Hall of Famers who shaped the game in its formative days. Read More

The Curator's Corner: A Patent for Tennis

1/29/2016 Curator's Corner

Did you know that tennis was once patented, leading it to spread from Great Britain to the rest of the world? While much of the equipment used to play some of our favorite sports – a baseball glove, a hockey stick, a football, and a basketball backboard – is patented, none of these sports were actually issued patents.

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The Curator's Corner: A Letter to Arthur Ashe

1/7/2016 Curator's Corner
New for 2016! Each month, "The Curator's Corner" will feature a piece of tennis history from our museum collection. January's edition tells the story of a letter and two men who fought for freedom and dignity for all. Read More