The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
by Press Release|
The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum - the primary beneficiary of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships - is a non-profit institution that serves as the sport’s official, global Hall of Fame, and is dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, honouring the heroes and heroines of the game, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. The Hall of Fame operates an extensive Museum, which is open daily, year-round, and is dedicated to showcasing the history of tennis and the fascinating stories of its greatest champions, innovators and contributors.
Throughout the year, including tournament week, the Museum at the Hall of Fame offers free admission for all children ages 16 and under, as part of our mission to inspire and encourage youth involvement in the sport. The Museum hosts youth groups throughout the year, including schools, tennis camps and specialty groups that utilize tennis as a platform to support and encourage children from at-risk populations, including Tenacity of Boston, Sportsmen’s Tennis Club of Boston and Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis & Education of Philadelphia.
The Museum’s diverse collection features tennis memorabilia, art, fashion and more from the 12th century through present day. Around each corner of the 18 galleries, visitors are captivated by trophies and attire belonging to the game’s biggest stars, vintage tennis equipment, video highlights of great matches and much more. Historic memorabilia throughout the Museum pays tribute to the game’s pivotal moments such as Gussie Moran’s “scandalous” lace-trimmed knickers from 1949, a telegram between Arthur Ashe and Martin Luther King, Jr., Billie Jean King’s sneakers from the famed Battle of the Sexes in 1973, gear from John Isner and Nicolas Mahut’s epic 11 hour and five minute Wimbledon match in 2010, Olympic gold medals, Grand Slam trophies and much more. The game’s progress is traced through developments in tennis equipment and fashions ranging from Victorian tennis dresses to custom creations worn by Venus Williams. Tennis-inspired art including a 1538 Renaissance painting, an original Andy Warhol, and a variety of vibrant prints line the walls.
Each year, some of the greatest champions and most influential contributors of the game are recognised with the highest honour in tennis – induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Since 1955, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has honoured 218 individuals from 19 countries – a testament to the global nature of the sport. Honourees have included legends such as Rod Laver, Tony Trabert, Fred Perry, Billie Jean King and Stan Smith. Recent years have seen the induction of John McEnroe, Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, Patrick Rafter, Pete Sampras and Monica Seles.
In addition to the Museum, the facility is home to 13 grass tennis courts, an indoor tennis facility and a rare Court Tennis facility, all of which are open to the public for viewing and playing. The buildings and grounds were named a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Additionally, the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships supports numerous tennis-related charities and regional charities through donations of ticket packages for use in auctions, raffles, etc.