Tennis has a long history in Newport, RI. The National Tennis Club, located at the Newport Casino 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 Casino currently houses the Tennis Hall of Fame.
While it may be a little chilly, and snowy to take advantage of the grass courts this month, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is hosting an exhibit featuring the history of Black Tennis is Rhode Island, Breaking the Barriers. In celebration of Black History Month throughout February the International Tennis Hall of Fame will offer digital content and virtual special events featuring the inspiring people and historic moments that comprise the history of Black tennis.
There isn’t a month in the year that tennis isn’t celebrated and appreciated in Newport!
Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame