Saturday, June 19, 2010


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.

The court as you enter

The picture below is what is at the base of the pictured statue above.

Picture from the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI
What men once wore.

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
401-662-0082 www.OldPortMarine.com
Free harbor tour. Sunday June 20 only.
Audubon Society Environmental Education Center
401-245-7500 www.asri.org
Free admission
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
401-253-2707 www.Blithewold.org
Free admission
Coggeshall Farm Museum
401-253-9062 www.CoggeshallFarm.org
Free admission
Firehouse Theater
401-849-3473 www.FirehouseTheater.org
Special June 21 performance: The Bit Players at 7pm. Limited seating, reservation required
Greenvale Vineyards
401-847-3777 www.Greenvale.com
Free tasting
Historic Fort Adams
401-841-0707 www.FortAdams.org
Free admission
International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
401-324-6033 www.TennisFame.com
Free admission
Museum of Newport History
401-846-0813 www.NewportHistorical.org
Free admission
Museum of Yachting
401-847-1018 www.MOY.org
Free admission
Newport Art Museum
401-848-8200 www.NewportArtMuseum.org
Free admission Sunday, June 20 only. Closed June 21.

Newport Grand Slots
401-849-5000 www.NewportGrand.com
$5 in Reward Points when signing up for a Grand Rewards Card - Points valid for food or beverage within Newport Grand Slots. New Members only, 18+
Newport Mansions
401-847-1000 www.NewportMansions.org
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
401-848-5161 www.NewportVineyards.com
Free tour & tasting
Norman Bird Sanctuary
401-846-2577 www.NormanBirdSanctuary.org
Free admission
Redwood Library & Athenaeum
401-841-5680 www.RedwoodLibrary.org
Free admission & 10% off purchases
Sakonnet Vineyards
401-635-8486 www.SakonnetWine.com
Tour, tasting & logo wineglass
Save The Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium at Easton's Beach
401-324-6020 www.SaveBay.org
Free admission
Sightsailing of Newport / Bowens Wharf
401-849-3333 www.SightSailing.com
Free cruise aboard Schooner Aquidneck
Touro Synagogue and Loeb Visitors Center
401-847-4794 www.TouroSynagogue.org
Free admission

Suzanne Lenglen at the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Suzanne Lenglen and me
at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island
June 19, 2010

All photo credits: Sandra Hammel

Roland Garros has a court named after Suzanne Lenglen

This is Rafa's actual clothing from the Australian Open 2010
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, 2010The 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.

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At March 10, 2013 at 1:52:00 AM EST , Blogger scott davidson said...

As an artist myself, I enjoy reading Philip Koch's sensitive writing about Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, who along with Whistler and Rothko, are my favorite American painters.
I don't live in the United States but have traveled and passed a short time there. But even with the little time spent in your beautiful country, especially in small-town America, I can relate to some of the poetical feel that Hopper and Wyeth had captured in their art, which is for me part of the attraction of their paintings.
Browsing at wahooart.com the other day, as I do now and then, I find a good selection of Edward Hopper's work, http://EN.WahooArt.com/@/EdwardHopper ,in the big archive of Western Art, that customers can order online for canvas prints and even hand-painted, oil-painting reproductions can be made and sent to them.
Hopper's surrealistic and depersonalized world is there again. Timeless, yes, as it is still there now in the roadside cafes and diners that I ate at all over America.


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