Newport Tennis Hall of Fame Loses ATP Tournament to Saudi Arabia
November 8, 2023
The ATP 250 tournament played in July at the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) in Newport, R.I., will leave that city following the July 2024 tournament.
A statement by the ITHF said, “The current ATP 250 tournament sanction will be retired at the conclusion of the 2024 Infosys Hall of Fame Open,” which is scheduled for July 14-21.
The tournament was bought up by Saudi Arabia through its Public Investment Fund, which has invested in a number of other pro sports, including golf, soccer, Formula One and boxing.
In a statement, the Hall of Fame said it is “in the process of reimagining professional tennis in Newport with the expectation that beginning in 2025, a new era of pro tennis on the historic courts will begin.”
“World-class tennis has been part of the fabric of Newport for nearly 150 years and will continue to have an ongoing presence at the International Tennis Hall of Fame,” said ITHF CEO Dan Faber. “The ITHF is actively exploring the opportunities to host new professional tennis events in Newport. In addition, we will continue to strengthen our digital programming, museum and visitor experience, worldwide presence, and presentation of the Ultimate Honor in Tennis – induction into the Hall of Fame.”
“As professional tennis in Newport enters a new chapter in 2025, the ATP looks forward to continuing to work with the International Tennis Hall of Fame, one of our sport’s most historic venues, in the years ahead,” said Eric Starelli, Executive Vice President, ATP Americas.