International Tennis Hall of Fame

The International Tennis Hall of Fame (actually International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum) is a tennis museum at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Iceland, United States.


The Newport Casino found 1881 to 1914 the American tennis Championships (now the U.S. Open ) instead. From the late 1930s, barely used buildings fell progressively. When in 1953 a fire destroyed large parts of the casino, there was a sale and demolition of the building in the room. The board of the association, said the casino was, decided under the leadership of James Van Alen instead for reconstruction. As future use of the facility of a tennis museum was decided, which was opened in 1954. Next to the museum, a Hall of Fame was established for the important personalities of tennis. In 1986, this recognized by the International Tennis Federation as the official Hall of Fame of tennis.

Admissions process

As a candidate for the Hall of Fame come to a former top players / inside in question that have changed since a certain time period ( recent players: 5 years, master players: 20 years) entirely or at least largely from her active career on the ATP World Tour or WTA Tour have withdrawn. In addition, officials, journalists and authors (so-called contributors ) into consideration, who have rendered outstanding services to the sport of tennis.

In the recent players decide the tennis media panel, consisting of a tennis journalists throughout the world body on the admission. In master players and contributors, all former members of the Hall of Fame next to the tennis media panel are entitled to vote. To be elected, a candidate needs 75 % of the vote.

New members are given annually solemnly announced at the final weekend of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

Since 2010, wheelchair tennis player in the election to be considered.

Members of the Hall of Fame

Among the members of the Hall of Fame currently has four German Gottfried von Cramm ( posthumously received 1977), Boris Becker ( 2003), Steffi Graf ( 2004) and Hans Nüsslein ( posthumously received 2006). Added to the Hall of Fame Bob Hewitt, 1992, was on November 16, 2012 deleted from the list after he came under the suspicion of child abuse.

1 Bob Hewitt was deleted on 16 November 2012 after the suspicion of child abuse from the list.