FREE FOR RESIDENTS JUNE 20, 21, 2010 NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
So I went to the International Tennis Hall of Fame today, thinking it was free. Once a year, local residents are free at different places around the area. Well, it is tomorrow and Monday that the venues are free, but they were nice enough to let me in, today.
I tagged along with a small band of tourists, while the volunteer guide tried to inform us of the Tennis Hall of Fame and what it had to offer - but much of the time - 3 of the 4 people were walking off on their own and she had no one to talk to, but one of us. They others were all from Brazil and I was from ...well, here....where the Hall of Fame is located.
I have never been inside the museum, just to the tennis tournament held on the grass courts there. The inside pictures (below) were taken today. And the grounds pictures were taken in 2009.
The guide wasn't as fond of Rafa as I am - she thinks he should go to Africa like Roddick and Federer and Rafa shouldn't wear the watch that he wore at The French Open. And one of the men from Brazil likes Rafa, but likes his current on-court clothing, which I don't. I started this Facebook page: RAFA NADAL BRING BACK LONG PANTS SLEEVELESS TOPS
But this is the kind of thing that I read and know Rafa is the man.
This is the Hall of Fame and you aren't supposed to be inducted until after you have been retired for five years, although one man was. The guide thought this was because he had some legal problems in his country at the time and they inducted him to let him leave his country. I have no idea. She also didn't like Borg, because he is the only inducted player to choose not to show up for his inductee ceremony - the same year as Billie Jean King.
Rafa was well represented in the museum, although of course, he hasn't been inducted yet. According to the volunteer guide, one of the three main inductees for 2011 will be Andre Agassi.
What women wore to play tennis in at one time. Must have been a slow game.
Free to residents June 20 and 21, 2010
Here is what is free for residents......
June 20 & 21 - Newport County Attraction Days - Free Admission to Area Attractions for Residents & hospitality workers
The Attractions Council of Newport County invites all Newport County residents and employees of the hospitality industry to visit many great local attractions on Sunday, June 20, 2010 and Monday, June 21, 2010. A total of 19 attractions/organizations are participating, including for the first time several attractions located in Bristol. Visitors showing proof of residency (driver's license or other identification with an address) or proof of hospitality employment (business card, employee ID or pay stub) will enjoy free admission or another value as noted when visiting the attractions listed below. Please call the individual attractions for operating schedule and other detailed information.
Amazing Grace Harbor Tours/Oldport Marine
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Free admission to The Breakers, The Breakers Stable & Carriage House (open Sunday only), Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, The Elms, Green Animals Topiary Garden, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Marble House, and Rosecliff, and a 10% discount at all Newport Mansions Stores.
Newport Vineyards & Winery
Free tour & tasting
Norman Bird Sanctuary
Redwood Library & Athenaeum
Free admission & 10% off purchases
Tour, tasting & logo wineglass
Save The Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium at Easton's Beach
Sightsailing of Newport / Bowens Wharf
Free cruise aboard Schooner Aquidneck
Touro Synagogue and Loeb Visitors Center
at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Newport, Rhode Island
June 19, 2010
All photo credits: Sandra Hammel
Roland Garros has a court named after Suzanne Lenglen
and the trophy isn't Rafa's trophy....it is some other winner's trophy (I can't remember whose) who donated it or loaned it to the museum.
But it is just like the one Rafa won. Also, pictured below.
This is Venus Williams outfit that caused a stir in Paris this year at The French Open. It arrived yesterday at the museum.
I can't remember which tournament this trophy is for.
I think it the trophy that the winner takes home from Wimbledon.
What once was the Library
now is just an exhibit at the Hall of Fame museum
BdaSailor — June 19, 2010 — The start of the 2010 Bermuda Race which took place on June 18, 2010 of Newport, R.I. in a flood tide and 10kts of southwesterly breeze.
Music: Vanessa Amorosi's Absolutely Everybody
Click post title for a video I made of Sachuest Beach - near my home.