Never Played on Grass? You Can in Newport. Two Summer Tournaments Make This a Perfect Tennis Destination.
Does Wimbledon have you hankering to check out your own tennis game on grass? Here's a vacation idea:
Every summer the International Tennis Hall of Fame offers two top-level tournaments in an immaculate old-world setting. Combine that with a visit to the tennis museum and some personal court time (or a lesson) and you've got a little slice of tennis heaven. Here's the info you need to book a court.
For tournaments: In July there's the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships that runs July 6-12, 2009. Tickets are still available. Mardy Fish, 2-time defending champ Fabrice Santoro, Robby Ginepri and Taylor Dent are scheduled to play. Rod Laver will attend the induction ceremony on the final weekend.
If you can't make that one, look to the International Hall of Fame Champions Cup, running August 20-23, 2009. Another great tournament and a chance to see some of your past favorites in action.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame was recently named by USA Today as a top 10 place "to indulge your love of tennis." Watch a match or two, play yourself, then stroll down to the waterfront docks, restaurants and bars or past the mansions. A perfect summer day.