Alex and Ani CEO Giovanni Feroce in good company at a press conference as one of the sponsors of the 2013 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships headlining two-time defending champion and No. 1 American John Isner and rising star American Ryan Harrison. Held at Newport’s International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum — the only grass court venue — other sponsors include ROLEX, Corona, Chubb Personal Insurance and EMC Corporation.
This year’s tournament will take place July 8-14. Ticket pre-sales began today for Hall of Fame Members (who will receive $5 off all tickets for Monday–Thursday, $5 off weekend tickets at certain membership levels, and an array of other great membership benefits during the tournament) and will be available to the general public on February 1st at 10 a.m. They may be purchased online at www.halloffametennischampionships.com or by calling 401-849-6053.
Event highlights include junior tennis clinics, a pro am with the ATP World Tour pros, family activities, and the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, when the highest honor in the sport of tennis is presented to great champions and leaders in the sport. The nominees for 2013 enshrinement are former world No. 1 Martina Hingis, Wimbledon champion Michael Stich, doubles specialist Helena Sukova, Australian tennis legend Thelma Coyne Long, ESPN’s Cliff Drsydale and tennis industry leaders Charlie Pasarell and Ion Tiriac. The International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be announced on March 4 at Madison Square Garden as part of World Tennis Day. The Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 13, just prior to the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
Stan Smith, President, International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee
Press Release Excerpt:
“The International Tennis Hall of Fame is a unique and valuable asset to the State of Rhode Island. In addition to the architectural and historic significance of the National Historic Landmark facility, research indicates that the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships generate an economic impact of $10 million annually to the state. The Hall of Fame has major expenditures with local businesses to operate the tournament, and the thousands of ticket holders spend locally on shopping, dining, lodging and additional entertainment,” said Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, who participated in the announcement.
Chafee added: “Events like this one that come back year after year are very important to our local economy, and so I am pleased to congratulate the Hall of Fame on the longevity of this event, and also on creatively engaging a group of dedicated sponsors to support the tournament. It’s great to see strong local business like Alex and Ani investing in a local event that brings so much back to our community, and to see support from all of these companies. On behalf of the State of Rhode Island, I would like to extend my gratitude to all of the sponsors whose partnerships together make it possible to bring the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships back to our state once again.”
Hall of Fame President Stan Smith, the winner of seven Grand Slam tournament titles in singles and doubles, joined Governor Chafee at today’s press conference. “I have had the good fortune to participate in and see tennis tournaments all over the world, and I’m proud to say that the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is one of the most exciting and unique events on the professional tour,” commented Smith. “The historic venue offers incredible views from every seat, and there is no other place in the world where fans can get as close to the action as they can in Newport. On behalf of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, I would like to thank our sponsors who make it all possible and the many fans who come out to support the event. We look forward to a great tournament in July.”