On the heels of the very exciting 2012 LondonÂ Olympics, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum will present a special exhibition at the US Open detailing the history of tennis in the Olympics and the Paralympics, from 1896 through the recent Games. Tennis and the Olympicsshowcases some of the most successful and interesting tennis Olympians in history, and highlights the appeal of tennis as one of the world’s most international sports. The exhibition will feature dynamic photos of great moments in Olympic tennis and a full listing of every Olympic and Paralympic tennis medalist in history. Additionally, the exhibition will detail the interesting role that tennis has played in the Games, having gone from a full medal sport to having no presence for many years, and back to a full medal, extremely popular sport in the last several decades.
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“Tennis has had an interesting relationship with the Olympic Games over the years. As we saw in the most recent Games, fan interest in tennis as an Olympic sport is extremely high. Players openly spoke about their great desire for an Olympic medal, and audiences in London and at home followed the progress of players from their nation with unprecedented enthusiasm. In this exhibit, we aim to educate fans on the history of tennis in the Olympics and showcase what great progress has been made, while also delighting them with interesting anecdotes and dramatic images, spanning from 1896 through 2012,” said Museum Director Doug Stark. “In addition, we are pleased to work with the Arthur Ashe Learning Center on a one-of-a-kind, truly outstanding photo exhibit showcasing an intimate look at Hall of Famer Arthur Ashe.”
For additional information about the exhibit at the US Open or about the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, www.tennisfame.com.