The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution, establish in 1954, that works to preserve the history of tennis while inspiring tennis development and honoring those who have earned a spot in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Located on six acres here in Newport, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum was officially recognized by the International Tennis Federation as tennis’s official Hall of Fame. The museum displays the history of the sport and honors 235 athletes. There are 13 grass courts and an indoor facility, which are open to the public and club members. Every July, the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Can Alen Cup are held here.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s programs grow every year. They are open 363 days of the year, and offer educational and entertaining programs for both children and adults. The museum also has a research library dedicated to tennis that offers over 350,000 books, images and audio visuals. Both beginners and national champions are invited to play on the indoor or outdoor courts. The Hall of Fame also offers cultural entertainment such as theatrical productions, movie screenings and musical performances.
In August, 2013, the Tennis Hall of Fame set out on a campaign to enhance the visitor experience as well as the local community. There are four main focus areas to the campaign; to upgrade the museum with new technology; to add additional facilities and tennis courts; improve amenities, including upgrades to the stadium; and to renew the look of the street on Memorial Boulevard so it complements the historic building where the Hall of Fame is located.
This organization hasn’t led a major capital campaign in 12 years. Fundraising for this campaign has been going on for about a year and a large portion of their $15.7 million dollar goals has been secured. Once the rest of the funds are secured, they will begin upgrading to make the Tennis Hall of Fame experience even better.