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Newport, RI | Get a tennis fix online at the ITHOF

Wanting a tennis fix? Try exploring the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s online digital collections which include fashion, tennis ball containers and rackets.

 

The only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the history of the sport of tennis, played by millions of people around the world, the ITHOF has over 25,000 objects, extensive photographic and audiovisual collections, and 243 Hall of Famers, all telling the story of an exciting and historic sport and the people who play it best. ITHOF

Courting Fashion is the ITHOF’s first digital exhibit, and a great opportunity for tennis fans around the world to search the fashion collection in greater detail while offering an in-depth look at the history of tennis fashion through the years.

This digital exhibit is the first time that tennis fans have access to see the fashion collection in its entirety!

Tins, Cans, and Cartons offers an opportunity to explore more than 600 unique and colourful tennis ball containers in the museum collection.

Pop! Whoosh! Ahhhh… Is there anything better for a tennis player than the sound, scent, and sensation of popping open a fresh can of balls on a beautiful day?

These tennis ball containers in the museum collection that were previously only accessible to visitors to the museum can now explored in this digital exhibit.

Since the sport’s beginning, racquet manufacturers have experimented with different styles of frame shape and size, construction materials, means of fabrication and production, strings and stringing patterns, and handle shapes

Smash Hit: The Evolution of the Tennis Racquet illustrates the evolution of the tennis racquet, and features Hall of Famers using the collections of the Museum.

The ITHOF, located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, preserves and promotes the history of tennis and celebrates its champions, thereby serving as a vital partner in the growth of tennis globally.

Following a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the early 1950s, Jimmy Van Alen, then-President of the Newport Casino, and his wife Candy, decided that tennis also needed a place to honour its great figures.

The Newport Casino was in danger of demolition, and with its rich tennis history, it was the perfect spot to establish a hall of fame.

The complex which now houses the ITHOF was the site of the earliest US National Championships and also hosted the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954.

Jimmy Van Alen successfully lobbied the leadership of the United States Lawn Tennis Association to sanction the establishment of a National Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport.

The venerable Newport Casino became the National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum and was officially recognised by the International Tennis Federation in 1986.

The only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the history of the sport of tennis, played by millions of people around the world, the ITHOF has over 25,000 objects, extensive photographic and audiovisual collections, and 243 Hall of Famers, all telling the story of an exciting and historic sport and the people who play it best.

The museum in housed in the historic Newport Casino building and sits on a 7 acre site.

Visit it online at tennisfame.com.






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