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Federer hologram among Hall of Fame's multimillion renovation

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2024

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is launching a multimillion dollar museum transformation project on the historic property in Newport, Rhode Island.

The renovations, which were announced Tuesday, will provide fans with a more interactive and modern experience that preserves and promotes the sport’s history. The Hall of Fame will also introduce new features and physical spaces to celebrate legends and support the sport’s growth.

This will be the first museum renovation the Hall of Fame has undertaken since 2015; work includes:

  • A new Hall of Famers’ Gallery: The Current USTA Wing will become the new Hall of Famers’ Gallery; each Hall of Famer will be represented by a new cast racquet, signifying their legendary place in tennis history.
  • The Celebration Gallery, a space celebrating the sport of tennis through the stories of its legends, across generations. The area includes a new Augmented Reality Sculpture to engage fans of all ages.
  • The Roger Federer Hologram will be a new immersive experience presented by Rolex.
  • The creation of a Newport Tennis Traditions gallery, celebrating Newport’s tennis origins and a new display for the perpetual US Open trophies.
  • The opening of a Hall of Famers’ Lounge, an event space designed for inductees and guests.
  • The opening of a new Museum Retail footprint with bespoke, commemorative items.
  • A reimagined Welcome Center and new visitor exit, allowing for better guest flow.
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    Beginning with the Class of 2025 Induction, all Hall of Famers past-and-future will receive a cast racquet as a symbol of receiving the ultimate honour in tennis. Racquets will be on display in the new Hall of Famers’ Gallery. Further, as the Hall of Fame works to preserve tennis history as it happens, these renovations will enable a wider variety of recent acquisitions from current stars and Hall of Famers to be on display simultaneously.

    The ITHF announced in a press conference that Advent, a Nashville-based experiential design firm, was selected to lead the renovations, after a highly competitive nationwide RFP process.

    “We are very honoured to accomplish this for the Hall of Fame,” said Dan Faber, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. “We want to preserve what’s already out there with the incredible history of tennis but to prepare for global eyes to be a part of this in Newport. It’s perfect timing with this era of who is going to be inducted over the next five years or so in tennis.”

    The press conference was held in the USTA Wing of the ITHF Museum with Faber, Patrick McEnroe, ITHF President; and Julianna Barbieri, ITHF SVP of Content & Partnerships joined by project principals from Advent, Reese Stevens, Director of Conceptual Design and Mindy Ward, Director of Client Success.

    “It’s a privilege to be entrusted with a story like this,” Stevens said. “It has been great for Advent to be included in this and we still have a ways to go but very much looking forward to the grand reopening in May 2025.”

    Renovations will begin in November, with the museum closed to the public until planned reopening in May 2025. The renovation is being funded by a portion of the Tennis Forever Capital Campaign, which began in 2018.


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#NextGenATP star Mensik becomes youngest Mallorca match winner

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2024

Jakub Mensik made tournament history Tuesday at the Mallorca Championships, knocking off defending champion Christopher Eubanks to become the youngest match-winner at the ATP 250. The 18-year-old earned a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 result for his first grass-court win.

Mensik joins 19-year-old Alex Michelsen, who is into the quarter-finals, as the only teen winners in the event’s main draw.

“For me it’s a good result,” he said in his on-court interview. “Obviously after difficult weeks, suffering with the injury, I’m happy to compete again. Back on grass with a ‘W’, I’m happy and I will be pushing more for the next round.”


Mensik missed Roland Garros through injury but is now finding form on the grass behind his powerful serve. He hit 12 aces and won 84 per cent (38/45) of his first-serve points in his first Lexus ATP Head2Head meeting with Eubanks, according to Infosys ATP Stats.

Eubanks was bidding to become the first player to successfully defend the Mallorca title.

Former college stars Adam Walton and Paul Jubb also earned wins early in Tuesday’s action. Walton, the 2021 NCAA doubles champion with the Tennessee Volunteers, beat Yannick Hanfmann 7-5, 6-2. Jubb, the 2019 NCAA singles champion with South Carolina, scored a 6-1, 6-2 result against Maximilian Marterer. The qualifiers will square off for a place in the quarter-finals.


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Ruusuvuori knocks off home hope Norrie in Eastbourne

  • Posted: Jun 25, 2024

Emil Ruusuvuori continues to thrive in the role of spoiler on British soil. The Finn extended his perfect record against British players in Great Britain to 6-0 Tuesday at the Rothesay International with a 7-6(9), 6-3 win against Cameron Norrie in the Eastbourne opening round.

The 25-year-old snapped a five-match grass-court losing streak (including matches on the ATP Challenger Tour) by improving to 10-3 against Brits at all levels and 2-1 in his Lexus ATP Head2Head against Norrie.

“Cam is one of the toughest players out there,” the Finn said post-match. “But playing a Brit here is good. I got on centre court and just tried to enjoy it. I played a very good level today in tough moments, so it was very good.”


Ruusuvuori saved all seven break points against him, according to Infosys ATP Stats, including two as he served out the match. He also saved two set points in an extended opening-set tie-break before snatching the lone break of the match in the sixth game of set two. The Finn lost just two points on second serve (16/18), winning those points at an 89 per cent clip in the 95-minute match.

He will next meet China’s Shang Juncheng, who beat Tomas Martin Etcheverry 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4) on Monday.

Thiago Seyboth Wild also advanced early on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Aussie John McCabe. The Brazilian saved five of six break points in the victory to set up a second-round showdown with top seed Taylor Fritz.

Great Britain’s Giles Hussey earned a win on home soil in his tour-level debut, upsetting sixth seed Mariano Navone 6-4, 6-2. The 27-year-old lucky loser picked up his second victory against an opponent inside the Top 100 of the PIF ATP Rankings this week; he beat World No. 98 Arthur Cazaux in the first round of qualifying before losing to Shang.

Hussey will next meet Flavio Cobolli, a 6-4, 7-5 winner against Arthur Rinderknech. Lorenzo Sonego (d. Henry Searle), Miomir Kecmanovic (d. Zhang Zhizhen) and Yoshihito Nishioka (d. Liam Broady) also advanced in straight sets Tuesday.


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