The Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport has been one of the unique places in the ATP calendar where the history of the US tennis started way back in 1881, also standing as the only ATP event on grass in North America!
It stayed one of the most prestigious tournaments and sites in the States, with a fantastic Museum and an annual Hall of Fame ceremony. Newport has been a regular stop on the ATP calendar since 1976, with Greg Rusedski, Fabrice Santoro, Mark Philippoussis, Mardy Fish, John Isner and Lleyton Hewitt as some of the notable winners.
As was expected in the week after Wimbledon, the field is not a prominent one and there were no players from the top-45 on the initial entry list, with Adrian Mannarino, Ugo Humbert, Matthew Ebden and the defending champion Steve Johnson as the leading figures.
That all has changed, though, with the three-time champion and world no. 12 John Isner taking a wild card to enter the main draw in Newport for the ninth time. Making a debut at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in 2007, John lost in the opening round in the first two entries, returning stronger in 2011 when he claimed the title, beating Olivier Rochus in the title match.
Isner defended the title a year later over Lleyton Hewitt who ousted the American in the semi-final in 2013. After a couple of poor runs, John was the player to beat again in 2017, facing no break points in four matches to claim the title in style, hoping for a similar run next week after the second-round exit at Wimbledon where he lost a lot of points, reaching the semi-final there in 2018.
“Newport has been a great tournament for me over the years. I’ve had great results and also kicked off some strong summers there. I’m looking forward to heading back next week,” said Isner. “The International Tennis Hall of Fame is a really special place to be able to compete, the fans are always terrific, and the town is one of my favorites on Tour. It’s always a great week, and I’m looking forward to it once again”.