2015-05-21 / Around Town

Grand Reopening at Tennis Hall of Fame

By Olga Enger


State and local officials joined tennis enthusiasts at the grand reopening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. (Photo by Olga Enger) State and local officials joined tennis enthusiasts at the grand reopening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. (Photo by Olga Enger) After three years of planning and a $3 million renovation, the museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame has reopened its doors.

At the heavily attended opening ceremony held Wednesday, May 20, Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin said he hopes the project will “inspire the future” of the sport.

The new collection features multimedia exhibits and a cohesive narrative of tennis history, as told through the careers of the 243 Hall of Famers. More than 1,900 artifacts of tennis history are displayed throughout the exhibit galleries, ranging from Rod Laver's first Wimbledon trophy to the golden shoes that Serena Williams wore in her first French Open victory.

“This is a destination for visitors around the globe…this is global exposure for our city,” said Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed at the ceremony. She also encouraged local residents to “stop in and see this beautiful jewel.”

Interactive experiences are integrated throughout the museum.

"We designed the exhibits in a way that people could participate in the learning process together - a touch table in which you can serve tennis history questions back and forth, video walls in which you can select match highlights and watch together, artifacts from 60 years ago and artifacts from last season so as to appeal to a span of generations," said Douglas Stark, museum director.

The Hall of Fame has raised nearly $15 million for the remodeling campaign. The project also includes a new indoor tennis facility, new office and retail space, and new grandstands in the Bill Talbert Center Court, which are slated to be completed later this year.

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