We’ve been to a lot of big tennis tournaments — the U.S. Open, Key Biscayne, Indian Wells, to name a few — but the annual Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport ranks among our favorites. Not only is it right here in Rhode Island (and there’s few more beautiful places to be on a sunny summer day), but the atmosphere is always laid-back and friendly, and the tennis is top-notch.
James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, John Isner, Mardy Fish and the Bryan Brothers are among the stars we’ve seen play in this rare post-Wimbledon grass-court tournament. Plus, each year there’s some added wattage at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony: this year’s inductees will include Justine Henin and Marat Safin.
Rising U.S. star Steve Johnson will be among the players competing for the Van Alen Cup July 10-17 in Newport, along with international players Ivo Karlovic, Marcos Baghdatis, and Gilles Muller. Not to mention the defending Newport champ, Denver’s own Rajeev Ram.
Matches are scheduled all week, the Hall of Fame museum is open, and the grounds include plenty of food and shopping options — all right in the heart of Bellevue Avenue. Tickets start at $42 and can be purchased online. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is on Saturday, July 16 at noon.