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Newport, Rhode Island
Serving Up Tennis History
Archival collections preserved by the International Tennis Hall of Fame form the basis of exhibits on view in the museum. Image courtesy of the Tennis Hall of Fame Museum.

Established in 1954 and recognized by the International Tennis Federation in 1986, the International Tennis Hall of Fame celebrates and preserves the history of tennis and tells the stories of its champions. It is housed in the Newport Casino, where the first U.S. National Men’s Singles Championship took place in 1881, and includes a museum and an active tennis club. In the past decade, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has received recognition as a national historic site and a museum that interprets sports history. It was the first sports hall of fame to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and it became a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2017. Two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, which helped the museum preserve its historic collections, were building blocks in the accreditation process.

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