The Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport is one of the unique places in the ATP calendar and the venue where the history of the US tennis started way back in 1881, also 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 among notable winners.
Also, thanks to the fact that it is played after Wimbledon, it didn't always attract the most active fields of players, allowing some memorable moments with many lower-ranked players reaching the final or lifting the trophy.
After more than 25 years, the organizers had decided to stage a WTA exhibition match in Newport last July between the US Open finalists Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, two great friends who enjoyed the time in Newport big time.
This summer will offer another chance for the crowd to watch the rising American players in action, with Amanda Anisimova and Danielle Collins set to play an exhibition match at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Friday, July 19 after the ATP quarter-final encounters.
Together with Amanda and Danielle, there will be two WTA legends, with their names to be announced in the following weeks. The 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova is currently ranked 51st after reaching the second round in Rome as a qualifier, becoming the youngest USA champion on the WTA Tour since Serena Williams in 1999 when she won Bogota in April.
The two-time NCAA singles champion at the University of Virginia, Danielle Collins is ranked inside the top35 after a breakthrough run at the Australian Open in January when she reached the semi-final, losing to Petra Kvitova in straight sets.
“Danielle Collins and Amanda Anisimova are two of the most exciting rising stars to the WTA Tour recently, and I know they will put on a great match for our fans. With two WTA legends set to be on court also, this year’s match will have a special added twist by bringing together those who made tennis history and those who are currently striving to do so,” said International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin.
“We are thrilled to bring women’s pro tennis back to the International Tennis Hall of Fame for the second year in a row. We were glad to see how much the fans enjoyed this special event last year and are committed to making it a tradition during our annual Hall of Fame Weekend”.