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When I was a young girl, my father often took my family to the West Side Tennis Club to watch the US Open, inspiring my deep love of tennis. I always wanted to visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame where the tournament that grew to become the US Open was first played. Upon my first visit, more than 15 years ago, I was certainly not disappointed. The historic grounds are breathtaking and the Museum is designed to enlighten, educate, thrill and encourage those who love the game.


In 1995, I had the privilege of volunteering at the International Tennis Hall of Fame during Induction Weekend. That was also the year I made my first membership donation and I have been renewing my membership ever since. In 2000, I began volunteering at the membership booth during the tournament and induction. I have been fortunate to be asked back each year, and I thoroughly enjoy greeting the fans and sharing my love of the game and the Hall of Fame. This past July was my sixteenth year as a Hall of Fame volunteer, and I'm already looking forward to my seventeenth! The highlight of my year is being in Newport in July, and I encourage more members and fans to find ways to be involved - I know you will enjoy being part of all that the Hall of Fame does to celebrate the game we all love so much!

Emmy Caporale, New York City


Bill Rives and Nicolas Mahut at the Draw Party

A Membership in the  International Tennis Hall of Fame is so worth it! The Museum is extraordinary and ever changing.  Members go free every day of the year.  The Stanford White buildings and the grounds of the Newport Casino (read "little house" from the Italian) are lovely, America's Wimbledon.  The Hall of Fame Tournament, whether viewed in a box for the week's duration or in seats for the day, is one of the best values in all of sports.  Where else do you get to chat with Tony Trabert, Charlie Pasarell (he said the historic 70-68 set at Wimbledon in 2010 by Mahut and Isner "lapped me and Pancho Gonzales in the so-called marathon of 1969"), E Victor Seixas, the Hall of Fame Director Mark Stenning, etc, etc?  So much for so little!

 Bill Rives, Lifelong Tennis Player and Fan
ITHF Member

First, let me explain that our family's primary recreation is tennis. Yearly we attend a large-scale tennis event for a week of our favorite entertainment- usually the Indian Wells Masters 1000 ATP World Tour tournament. We subscribe to the Tennis Channel through our cable company and have a USTA family membership. We qualify as bona fide tennis nuts.

We have just returned from the best experience we have ever had at a tennis event: our week at the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Tournament & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The employees, the size of the tournament, the ambience of the grounds at the Tennis Hall of Fame integrated into an unexpected joy for my wife Kathi and myself. We secured a condo in the historic section of town between the harbor and the Hall of Fame grounds. We walked everywhere; we walked to the restaurants that we chose and delighted in the quality of food. But, the real delight was how we were cared for by the employees at the Hall of Fame. By the end of the week, we not only became acquainted with Marguerite A. Jones, Director of Membership & Annual Giving, and Leslie Thomas, Director of Retail, but became friends, inviting them to Oregon to reciprocate their over the top service to us during our week in Newport.

The unexpected gift for the week was the actual tournament competition. When we attend large tennis events, we are often privy to seeing the top-10 play. The Hall of Fame is a 250 ATP event with a draw that pulls from the top-100 or so tennis players. This year there was no top 10 player in the draw, because our top American players were in Austin competing in the Davis Cup. Still, much to our delight, in the week-long Hall of Fame tournament we watched great tennis and saw the intense rivalries and angst of tennis players from day one to the final, at a very affordable price and with excellent seats. At large tournaments and majors, the experiences are like snap shots without the flow of connected personal struggles. At the Hall of Fame tournament the joy of triumph and the agony of defeat are right there in front of us. The tournament has a very personal feeling and truly gives fans the opportunity to connect with the players and the competition. The tennis tenacity and the skill of the players at Newport was more evenly balanced, and it was enjoyable to watch something other than the blowouts we often see at large tournaments.

We look forward, with great anticipation, to our next visit to the Hall of Fame tournament, the Induction Ceremony and its surrounding events.



David S. Jones, MD and Kathi Ann Jones, MS - Ashland, OR

David and Kathi Jones
David and Kathi relaxing in ITHF Member Lounge


Barbara Desano enjoying the Draw Party


My Chairman's Circle Membership not only afforded me the opportunity to contribute to the greatest sports institution in our country (The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, Rhode Island), but it introduced me to some of our nation's most revered tennis legends.  The Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships & Induction Weekend was an exciting, activity-packed experience filled with socializing and celebration for all! I will cherish my photographs, autographs and member gifts forever!

Barbara Longo DeSano, Miss Rhode Island 1986 - Warren, RI

Thank you, again, for another wonderful tournament!  The ITHF is a much-anticipated event on my tennis calendar and always exceeds my expectations...the history, the talented players who are gracious and generous with their time and the ever accommodating staff make this a truly enjoyable tennis experience. See you next year!

 Cheryl Popiak, South Grafton, MA


Cheryl Popiak
Cheryl with Newport Finalist Olivier Rochus at Members First autograph session


Vanessa Mathyse at the Induction Ceremony


My visit to the Tennis Hall of Fame where Andre Agassi was inducted was an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life.The venue was above my expectations and all to be commended for hosting a well organized and first class event.I traveled about 10,000 miles or more from Cape Town, South Africa and every moment I spent at the event was well worth it.The day Andre Agassi retired I told my family and friends I will be attending Andre's  induction ceremony.


Andre's speech as usual was from the heart and very moving and for me being a South African was very moved and emotional when Andre mentioned our ex President Nelson Mandela.


A journey well worth every penny and will treasure.

Vanessa Mathyse - Cape Town South Africa