O.K., so I didn’t actually make it into the Tennis Hall of Fame due to my playing abilities; I just went to visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI. A few weekends ago they had a family day with free admission for all those under 16. Imagine my surprise when the clerk was about to let me in for free. I said “I thought only kids go in for free” and she answered “You are not older than 16 are you?” I had to contain my desire to hug that woman.
She provided the kids sheets with clues, and pencils to go on a scavenger hunt around the museum, discovering many artifacts and facts pertaining to the origins and history of Tennis.
As for me, I was much more interested on finding the display for Rafa Nadal. Of course, my interest in him is purely based on the fact that he is the number 1 Tennis player in the world. It has nothing to do with his olive skin and dreamy smile, seriously. Fine, don’t believe me. I did find Rafa and took pictures with him; unfortunately those didn’t come out so good.
He seemed very happy to see me and insisted that I take a picture with him. “Why of course Andre, I’d be glad to.”
Other than the attractive players, I really liked the display of playing outfits, which were considered very risqué for their times.
After playing a couple of rounds of Tennis Wii, the kids and I headed outside to look at the grass courts, which are truly beautiful. In fact, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has been voted one of the best places to host a wedding in RI.