NEW YORK, NY ( September 7, 2012) – While US Open action heated up on court for Finals weekend, the tennis industry went glam off the court at the premier social event during the US Open, The 31st annual Legends Ball. Tennis legends, celebrity tennis fans, industry executives and VIPs honored the heroes of the game and celebrated its history to benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I on Sept. 7 at Cipriani 42nd Street in NY City. The event featured a tribute to the Tennis Hall of Fameâ€™s Class of 2012, including Jennifer Capriati and Guga Kuerten. In addition, Hall of Famer Billie Jean King presented the Eugene L. Scott Award to Chris Evert. Hosted by Liz Claman, of Fox Business Network. the more than 500 guests included a dozen hall of famers like Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Capriati, Evert, Billie Jean King, Stan Smith, Keurten and Donald Dell plus celebrity tennis fans like singers Aaron Neville, Felix Caveliere,Vanessa Carlton as well as NBA star Mike Dunleavy and more.Â An auction included more than 50 items including golf and tennis vacations, lessons from tennis hall of famers and vacation packages to grand slam tournaments.Â For more info visit www.tennisfame.com
About the International Tennis Hall of Fame & MuseumÂ
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide, and enshrining tennis heroes and heroines with the highest honor in the sport of tennis- induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.Â In 1986, the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis, officially recognized the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum as the sport’s official Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on a six-acre property that features an extensive Museum chronicling the history of the sport and honoring the 225 Hall of Famers; 13 grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility that are open to the public and to a club membership; a rare Court Tennis facility; and an historic 297-seat theatre. Annually in July, the venue hosts the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, an ATP World Tour event. The buildings and grounds, which were constructed in 1880 by McKim, Mead & White to serve as a social club for Newport’s summer residents, are renowned for their incredible architecture and preservation. The facility was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is supported by Official Partners including BNP Paribas, Chubb Personal Insurance, Kia Motors and Rolex Watch USA. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and its programs, call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com.