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 American tennis started way back in 1881, also standing as the only ATP event on grass in North America!
Over the years, it has stayed one of the most prestigious tournaments and sites in the States, with a fantastic Museum and an annual Hall of Fame ceremony that celebrates the greatest players of all time. 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.
Also, thanks to its place in the calendar after Wimbledon, Newport didn't always attract the strongest fields of players and we had some memorable moments over the years, with many lower-ranked players reaching the final or lifting the trophy.
There is also a famous Casino course related to the top seeds that John Isner managed to break on a couple of occasions. From 2020, Newport will join the US Open Series as the sixth event in the calendar and the only one outside hard.
The USTA and International Tennis Hall of Fame have made an agreement that should improve the overall conditions and facilities in Newport, standing as the first stop of the 17th US Open Series between July 13-19. "It is wonderful to be able to connect our present-day tournament with the venue's great history as the birthplace of the US Open.
Additionally, we are excited to partner with the USTA and the US Open Series tournaments to kick off the summer season and to collectively shine a broader spotlight on tennis in the U.S.," said Todd Martin, CEO, International Tennis Hall of Fame.
"In our historical setting, the Hall of Fame Open already offers a special experience for the players and fans and we look forward to enhancing this experience with the USTA's partnership." "The addition of the Hall of Fame Open to the US Open Series simply makes the North American summer tennis season stronger," said Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA.
"The rich history of the tournament, combined with the power and equity of the US Open brand and a mutual focus on building new generations of audiences and tennis players, will serve both the Hall of Fame Open and the Series as a whole in showcasing a world-class tennis event and growing the game."