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International Tennis Hall of Fame

International Tennis Hall of Fame © John Phelan
International Tennis Hall of Fame © John Phelan

The Tennis Hall of Fame Museum in Newport is an inspiration for fans of the sport. But even those who don't follow tennis will still enjoy visiting this historic establishment which served as a premier gathering place of Newport society at the turn of the 20th century.

Built around a large interior piazza for lawn games, turrets and verandas festoon the building commissioned by wealthy publisher James Gordon Bennett. Originally a private social and sports club, it became known as the Newport Casino. The venue now hosts professional tournaments, while also opening the courts to the public for play by reservation.

The Hall of Fame museum presents an exciting timeline of the sport's history, from its beginnings to today's superstars. The collection contains more than 7,000 objects, including historic tennis equipment, period clothing, and a tennis library.

Address: 194 Bellevue Avenue

Website: www.tennisfame.com

Telephone: (401) 849 3990

Opening times: Daily 10am-5pm; closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

Admission: $15 adults. Free for children under 16. Concessions available.