Description: The International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit tennis hall of fame and museum at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
"The International Tennis Hall of Fame is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide."
Founded in 1954 by James Van Alen as "a shrine to the ideals of the game," the International Tennis Hall of Fame is one of the largest and finest tennis museums in the world. The International Tennis Hall of Fame was officially sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association in 1954 and recognized by the International Tennis Federation in 1986. The first Hall of Fame members were inducted in 1955; as of 2007, there are 200 inductees from 18 countries.
The museum houses a vast 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 museumís 13,000 square feet of exhibit space.
2007 4 tennis players became member in the Hall of Fame: Pete Sampras (USA), Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP), Sven Davidson (SWE) and Russ Adams (USA).