NEWPORT — Would you like to test your knowledge of tennis history, fashion, and pop culture in a fast-moving game played on a 5-foot touch table, complete with cheers from the crowd for correct answers? Record yourself providing commentary on historic tennis matches, and then share your broadcast with friends? Get up close and personal with Roger Federer as he talks about the top 10 reasons he loves tennis?
You can do it all at the new Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which reopened last month after a $3 million renovation that uses multimedia and touch-screen technology to make the museum interactive, glitzy, and fun. In addition to the trivia game, touch screens allow visitors to learn more about the 243 Hall of Famers who built the sport; select classic moments from Women’s Tennis Association, Association of Tennis Professionals, and Grand Slam tournament matches to watch; and search for tennis news, history, and personalities across the world on a large, rotating globe. The highlight of the multimedia technology is a hologram of Federer talking about why he loves tennis while demonstrating his trademark form; you almost feel the need to duck as each shot leaves the champion’s racket. The museum says it’s the first use of holographic technology in a sports museum in the United States.
Another goal of the renovation was to better showcase the Newport Casino, the National Historic Landmark buildings, and grounds in which the Hall of Fame is located. Three fireplaces hidden behind walls for 25 years have been revealed, and original furnishings from the 1880 building are now on display.
INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME
194 Bellevue Ave., 401-849-3990, www.tennis
fame.com. Adults $15, seniors, military, and students $12, age 16 and under free.