Daily Round Up - Saturday, July 3
The 2010 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships got underway on a beautiful Newport day, during which fans were treated to great action on the courts, fun Family Weekend activities in the Museum and several memorable moments.
Mahut is the Man: Many museum visitors were in the right time at the right place when Nicolas Mahut stopped by on Saturday afternoon to make a brief presentation of memorabilia from the longest match in tennis history, including a shirt, shorts and one sneaker, all of which were worn on Day 2 of the epic 3-day battle. Mahut signed autographs and spoke with fans, who commended him on his sportsmanship and supported his comments that he was fully rested and ready to go to Center Court at the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Mahut's memorabilia is now on display for viewing in the Museum.
Qualifying Action: Fans enjoyed perfect weather to watch tennis, while players battled it out for one of four remaining spots in the playing field.
Family Fun: Tennis lessons, tennis crafts, Museum scavenger hunts and more made the weekend fun for all ages!
Drawing Applause: Off the courts, tournament partners and players gathered for the traditional Draw Party hosted on the historic Horseshoe Piazza. Players shared their insider opinions on the opponents they will face and tournament fans celebrated the start of another exciting tournament week. Fan favorites such as past champions Rajeev Ram and Taylor Dent drew applause and admiration from the fans, while Nicolas Mahut was celebrated once again - honored first by resounding applause and then by some light-hearted laughter when Tournament Referee Sean Sloane shared that he would be playing barefoot after donating one sneaker ot the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and the other to the Wimbledon Museum.
Designated Pitcher: Newport Wild Card Ryan Harrison pitched the tournament to sports fans from around the state when he traveled to Pawtucket to throw out the first pitch at the Pawtucket Red Sox baseball game. He was joined by the Hall of Fame's affable mascot, Penny.
Photos by Mike Baz, William Boshes and International Tennis Hall of Fame Staff.