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International Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport Casino.jpg
The Newport Casino, home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Established 1880
1954 (Hall of fame and museum)
Location Newport, Rhode Island
Type Professional sports hall of fame; museum
Founder James J. Van Alen

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It honors both players and other contributors to the sport of tennis. The complex, the former Newport Casino, includes a museum, grass tennis courts, an indoor tennis facility, and a court tennis (or real tennis) facility.


International Tennis Hall of Fame
Inner courtyard

The hall of fame and museum are located in the Newport Casino, which was commissioned in 1879 by James Gordon Bennett Jr. as part of an exclusive resort for wealthy Newport summer residents. It was designed by Charles McKim along with Stanford White, who did the interiors. It is an example of Victorian Shingle Style architecture. In 1881, the Real Tennis Court (housing the National Tennis Club) and the Casino Theatre were constructed at the east end of the campus. The club was opened on July 1, 1880 after a six-month construction period and quickly became a fashionable venue for Newport summer residents.

The United States Lawn Tennis Association held its first championships at the Newport Casino in 1881. The event was held annually through 1914, by which time tennis had become the key attraction at the resort. The championship was suspended during World War I.

But by the 1950s, the retreat was struggling financially, as tourism preferences changed. It was at risk of being demolished for redevelopment of modern retail space, but the building was purchased and saved by Jimmy and Candy Van Alen, wealthy Newport summer residents. A sportsman himself, in 1954, Jimmy Van Alen established the Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in the Casino. The combination of tennis matches and the museum allowed the building to be saved.

International Tennis Hall of Fame entrance
Entrance from Bellevue Avenue

Van Alen intended the facility to be "a shrine to the ideals of the game", and was elected president of the hall in 1957. The International Tennis Hall of Fame was officially sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association at its foundation in 1954. It was recognized by the International Tennis Federation in 1986. The first Hall of Fame members were inducted in 1955; as of 2017, a total of 252 inductees from 23 countries have been recognized.

In 2015, Martina Hingis was appointed as the first Global Ambassador for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The current Board of Governors includes former professional tennis players Todd Martin, Stan Smith and Katrina Adams.


The museum houses a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia – including videos, photographs, audio recordings, tennis equipment and apparel, trophies, and art – highlighting the history of tennis from its origins up through the modern era. The collection is displayed year-round in the museum's 13,000 square feet (1,200 m2) of exhibit space.


For a description of each award and a list of its recipients, see footnote.
  • Chairman's Award
  • Davis Cup Award of Excellence
  • Eugene L. Scott Award
  • Fed Cup Award of Excellence
  • Golden Achievement Award
  • Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Award
  • Samuel Hardy Award
  • Tennis Educational Merit Award

Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

The Hall of Fame hosts several tournaments, including the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Part of the men's ATP World Tour, the tournament is the only grass court event in North America. Top male players come to Newport directly from Wimbledon to compete for the Van Alen Cup at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Past champions include Americans John Isner, and Mardy Fish, as well as two-time champion Fabrice Santoro of France.


For a list of inductees—alphabetically, by country, and by year of induction—see footnote.
Note: Inductees are listed below in two categories (Player category and Contributor category).

Player category

     Men's player      Women's player

Name Nationality Category Year inducted Ref.
Agassi, Andre  United States Recent Player 2011
Akhurst, Daphne  Australia Master Player 2013
Alexander, Frederick "Fred"  United States Player 1961
Allison, Wilmer  United States Player 1963
Alonso, Manuel  Spain Master Player 1977
Anderson, James  Australia Master Player 2013
Anderson, Malcolm  Australia Master Player 2000
Ashe, Arthur  United States Recent Player 1985
Atkinson, Juliette  United States Player 1974
Austin, Henry "Bunny"  Great Britain Master Player 1997
Austin, Tracy  United States Recent Player 1992
Baddeley, Wilfred  Great Britain Master Player 2013
Barger-Wallach, Maud  United States Player 1958
Becker, Boris  Germany Recent Player 2003
Behr, Karl  United States Player 1969
Betz Addie, Pauline  United States Player 1965
Bingley Hillyard, Blanche  Great Britain Master Player 2013
Bjurstedt Mallory, Molla  Norway/ United States Player 1958
Borg, Björn  Sweden Recent Player 1987
Borotra, Jean  France Master Player 1976
Bromwich, John  Australia Master Player 1984
Brookes, Norman  Australia Master Player 1977
Brough Clapp, Louise  United States Player 1967
Browne, Mary K.  United States Player 1957
Brugnon, Jacques  France Master Player 1976
Budge, John Donald "Don"  United States Player 1964
Bueno, Maria Esther  Brazil Recent Player 1978
Bundy Cheney, Dorothy  United States Master Player 2004
Cahill, Mabel  Ireland Player 1976
Campbell, Oliver  United States Player 1955
Capriati, Jennifer  United States Recent Player 2012
Casals, Rosemary  United States Recent Player 1996
Chace, Malcolm  United States Player 1961
Chang, Michael  United States Recent Player 2008
Clark, Clarence  United States Master Player 1983
Clark, Joseph  United States Player 1955
Clijsters, Kim  Belgium Recent Player 2017
Clothier, William  United States Player 1956
Cochet, Henri  France Master Player 1976
Connolly Brinker, Maureen  United States Player 1968
Connors, James "Jimmy"  United States Recent Player 1998
Cooper, Ashley  Australia Master Player 1991
Cooper Sterry, Charlotte  Great Britain Master Player 2013
Courier, Jim  United States Recent Player 2005
Coyne Long, Thelma  Australia Master Player 2013
Crawford, Jack  Australia Master Player 1979
Davenport, Lindsay  United States Recent Player 2014
Davidson, Owen  Australia Master Player 2010
Davidson, Sven  Sweden Master Player 2007
Davis, Dwight F.  United States Player 1956
Dod, Charlotte "Lottie"  Great Britain Player 1983
Doeg, John  United States Player 1962
Doherty, Laurence  Great Britain Player 1980
Doherty, Reginald  Great Britain Player 1980
Douglass Chambers, Dorothea  Great Britain Player 1981
Drobný, Jaroslav  Czechoslovakia/ Egypt Master Player 1983
Dürr, Françoise  France Master Player 2003
Dwight, James  United States Player 1955
Edberg, Stefan  Sweden Recent Player 2004
Emerson, Roy  Australia Recent Player 1982
Etchebaster, Pierre  France Court Tennis Player 1978
Evert, Christine "Chris"  United States Recent Player 1995
Falkenburg, Robert "Bob"  United States/ Brazil Player 1974
Fernández, Beatriz "Gigi"  United States ( Puerto Rico) Recent Player 2010
Fraser, Neale  Australia Master Player 1984
Fry-Irvin, Shirley  United States Player 1970
Garland, Chuck  United States Master Player 1969
Gibson, Althea  United States Player 1971
Gimeno, Andres  Spain Master Player 2009
Gonzales, Richard "Pancho"  United States Player 1968
Goolagong Cawley, Evonne  Australia Recent Player 1988
Gore, Arthur  Great Britain Master Player 2006
Graf, Stefanie "Steffi"  Germany Recent Player 2004
Grant, Bryan "Bitsy"  United States Master Player 1972
Hackett, Harold  United States Player 1961
Hall, David  Australia Recent Player 2015
Hansell, Ellen  United States Player 1965
Hard, Darlene  United States Player 1973
Hart, Doris  United States Player 1969
Haydon Jones, Ann  Great Britain Player 1985
Henin, Justine  Belgium Recent Player 2016
Hingis, Martina  Switzerland Recent Player 2013
Hoad, Lewis "Lew"  Australia Master Player 1980
Hopman, Harry  Australia Master Player 1978
Hotchkiss Wightman, Hazel  United States Player 1957
Hovey, Frederick  United States Master Player 1974
Hunt, Joseph "Joe"  United States Player 1966
Hunter, Frank  United States Player 1961
Hull Jacobs, Helen  United States Player 1962
Johnston, William "Bill"  United States Player 1958
Jones Farquhar, Marion  United States Master Player 2006
Kafelnikov, Yevgeny  Russia Recent Player 2019
King, Billie Jean Moffitt  United States Recent Player 1987
Kalkman-Van Den Bosch, Monique  Netherlands Recent Player 2017
Kodeš, Jan  Czechoslovakia Recent Player 1990
Koželuh, Karel  Czechoslovakia Master Player 2006
Krahwinkel Sperling, Hilde  Germany/ Denmark Master Player 2013
Kramer, John Albert "Jack"  United States Player 1968
Kuerten, Gustavo "Guga"  Brazil Recent Player 2012
Lacoste, René  France Master Player 1976
Larned, William "Bill"  United States Player 1956
Larsen, Arthur "Art"  United States Player 1969
Laver, Rodney "Rod"  Australia Recent Player 1981
Lawford, Herbert  Great Britain Master Player 2006
Lendl, Ivan  Czechoslovakia/ United States Recent Player 2001
Lenglen, Suzanne  France Master Player 1978
Li Na  China Recent Player 2019
Lott, George  United States Player 1964
Mako, Constantine "Gene"  United States Master Player 1973
Mandlíková, Hana  Czechoslovakia/ Australia Recent Player 1994
Marble, Alice  United States Player 1964
Mathieu, Simonne  France Master Player 2006
Mauresmo, Amélie  France Recent Player 2015
McEnroe, John  United States Recent Player 1999
McGregor, Kenneth "Ken"  Australia Master Player 1999
McKane Godfree, Kathleen "Kitty"  Great Britain Master Player 1978
McKinley, Charles Robert "Chuck"  United States Recent Player 1986
McLoughlin, Maurice  United States Player 1957
McMillan, Frew  South Africa Recent Player 1992
McNeill, Don  United States Recent Player 1965
Moore, Elisabeth  United States Master Player 1971
Mortimer Barrett, Angela  Great Britain Master Player 1993
Mulloy, Gardnar  United States Recent Player 1972
Murray, R. Lindley  United States Master Player 1958
Năstase, Ilie  Romania Recent Player 1991
Navratilova, Martina  Czechoslovakia/ United States Recent Player 2000
Newcombe, John  Australia Recent Player 1986
Noah, Yannick  France Recent Player 2005
Novotná, Jana Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic Recent Player 2005
Nüsslein, Hans  Germany Master Player 2006
Nuthall Shoemaker, Betty  Great Britain Master Player 1977
Olmedo, Alex  Peru/ United States Master Player 1987
Orantes, Manuel  Spain Master Player 2012
Osborne duPont, Margaret  United States Recent Player 1967
Osuna, Rafael Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Recent Player 1979
Palfrey Danzig, Sarah  United States Player 1963
Parker, Frank  United States Player 1966
Patterson, Gerald  Australia Master Player 1989
Patty, John Edward "Budge"  United States Recent Player 1977
Pell, Theodore  United States Master Player 1966
Perry, Frederick "Fred"  Great Britain Master Player 1975
Pettitt, Tom  Great Britain Court Tennis Player 1982
Pierce, Mary  France Recent Player 2019
Pietrangeli, Nicola  Italy Recent Player 1986
Quist, Adrian  Australia Master Player 1984
Rafter, Patrick "Pat"  Australia Recent Player 2006
Ralston, Dennis  United States Recent Player 1987
Renshaw, Ernest  Great Britain Master Player 1983
Renshaw, William  Great Britain Master Player 1983
Richards, Vincent  United States Player 1961
Richey, Nancy  United States Master Player 2003
Riggs, Robert "Bobby"  United States Player 1967
Roche, Anthony "Tony"  Australia Recent Player 1986
Roddick, Andy  United States Recent Player 2017
Roosevelt, Ellen  United States Master Player 1975
Rose, Mervyn  Australia Master Player 2001
Rosewall, Kenneth "Ken"  Australia Recent Player 1980
Round Little, Dorothy  Great Britain Master Player 1986
Ryan, Elizabeth  United States Master Player 1972
Sabatini, Gabriela  Argentina Recent Player 2006
Safin, Marat  Russia Recent Player 2016
Sampras, Pete  United States Recent Player 2007
Sánchez Vicario, Arantxa  Spain Recent Player 2007
Santana, Manuel  Spain Recent Player 1984
Savitt, Richard "Dick"  United States Recent Player 1976
Schroeder, Frederick "Ted"  United States Player 1966
Sears, Eleonora  United States Master Player 1968
Sears, Richard  United States Player 1955
Sedgman, Frank  Australia Master Player 1979
Segura, Pancho  United States Master Player 1984
Seixas, Elias Victor "Vic"  United States Recent Player 1971
Seles, Monica  Yugoslavia/ United States Recent Player 2009
Shields, Frank  United States Player 1964
Shriver, Pamela "Pam"  United States Recent Player 2002
Slocum, Henry  United States Player 1955
Smith, Stanley "Stan"  United States Recent Player 1987
Smith Court, Margaret  Australia Recent Player 1979
Snow, Randy  United States Recent Player 2012
Stich, Michael  Germany Recent Player 2018
Stolle, Frederick "Fred"  Australia Recent Player 1985
Suková, Helena Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic Recent Player 2018
Sutton Bundy, May  United States Player 1956
Talbert, William "Bill"  United States Player 1967
Tilden, William "Bill"  United States Player 1959
Townsend Toulmin, Bertha  United States Master Player 1974
Trabert, Anthony "Tony"  United States Recent Player 1970
Turner Bowrey, Lesley  Australia Master Player 1997
Van Ryn, John  United States Player 1963
Vandierendonck, Chantal  Netherlands Recent Player 2014
Vilas, Guillermo  Argentina Recent Player 1991
Vines, Henry Ellsworth  United States Player 1962
von Cramm, Gottfried  Germany Master Player 1977
Wade, Virginia  Great Britain Recent Player 1989
Wagner, Marie  United States Master Player 1969
Ward, Holcombe  United States Player 1956
Washburn, Watson  United States Player 1965
Whitman, Malcolm  United States Player 1955
Wilander, Mats  Sweden Recent Player 2002
Wilding, Anthony "Tony"  New Zealand Master Player 1978
Williams, Richard  United States Player 1957
Wills Moody Roark, Helen  United States Player 1959
Wood, Sidney  United States Player 1964
Woodbridge, Todd  Australia Recent Player 2010
Woodforde, Mark  Australia Recent Player 2010
Wrenn, Robert "Bob"  United States Player 1955
Wright, Beals  United States Player 1956
Wynne Bolton, Nancye  Australia Master Player 2006
Zvereva, Natalya "Natasha"  Belarus Recent Player 2010

*note - Bob Hewitt of South Africa was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992, but he was suspended indefinitely in 2012 and expelled from the Hall in 2016 after being convicted of child sexual offences.

Contributor category

Name Life span Nationality Year inducted Ref.
Adams, Russ 1930–2017  United States 2007
Adee, George 1874–1948  United States 1964
Baker, Lawrence 1890–1980  United States 1975
Barrett, John 1931–  Great Britain 2014
Bollettieri, Nick 1931–  United States 2014
Braden, Vic 1929–2014  United States 2017
Brown Grimes, Jane 1941–  United States 2014
Buchholz Jr., Earl 1940–  United States 2005
Chatrier, Philippe 1926–2000  France 1992
Clerici, Gianni 1930–  Italy 2006
Collins, Arthur "Bud" 1929–2016  United States 1994
Cullman III, Joseph 1912–2004  United States 1990
Danzig, Allison 1898–1987  United States 1968
Davies, Michael 1936–  Great Britain (Wales) 2012
David, Herman 1905–1974  Great Britain 1998
Dell, Donald 1937–  United States 2009
Drysdale, Cliff 1941–  South Africa 2013
Flink, Steve 1952–  United States 2017
Gray, David 1927–1983  Great Britain 1985
Griffin, Clarence 1888–1973  United States 1970
Gustav V of Sweden 1858–1950  Sweden 1980
Hardwick, Derek 1921–1987  Great Britain 2010
Heldman, Gladys 1922–2003  United States 1979
Hester, William 1912–1993  United States 1981
Hunt, Lamar 1932–2006  United States 1993
Jeffett, Nancy 1928–2017  United States 2015
Johnson, Robert 1899–1971  United States 2009
Jones, Perry 1890–1970  United States 1970
Kelleher, Robert 1913–2012  United States 2000
Kellmeyer, Fern "Peachy" 1944–  United States 2011
Laney, Al 1895–1988  United States 1979
Martin, Alastair 1915–2010  United States 1973
Maskell, Dan 1908–1992  Great Britain 1996
McChesney Martin, William 1906–1998  United States 1982
McCormack, Mark 1930–2003  United States 2008
Myrick, Julian 1880–1969  United States 1963
Nielsen, Arthur 1923–1980  United States 1971
Outerbridge, Mary 1852–1886  United States 1979
Parks, Brad 1957–  United States 2010
Pasarell, Charlie 1944–  United States 2013
Scott, Eugene "Gene" 1937–2006  United States 2008
Tingay, Lance 1915–1990  Great Britain 1982
Tinling, Ted 1910–1990  Great Britain 1986
Ţiriac, Ion 1939–  Romania 2013
Tobin, Brian 1930–  Australia 2003
Van Alen, James 1902–1991  United States 1965
Wingfield, Walter Clopton 1833–1912  Great Britain 1997

Global Ambassador category

Name Nationality Year appointed Ref.
Hingis, Martina  Switzerland 2015
Kuerten, Gustavo  Brazil 2016


Country # of members
 United States 135
 Australia 32
 Great Britain 29
 France 11
Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic 8
 Germany 6
 Spain 5
 Argentina 2
 South Africa
 Belarus 1
 New Zealand
 Puerto Rico
// Yugoslavia/Serbia

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