The National Tennis Club located upon the grounds of The International Tennis Hall of Fame has been selected by the International Real Tennis Professionals Association to host The 2016 Real Tennis World Championship May 17, 19 & 21. Real Tennis, or Court Tennis as it is referred to in the United States, is the oldest racquet sport with its origins dating back to the 11th Century. The Real Tennis World Championship is the oldest title in competitive sports.
Visitors from around the world have already committed to attend both tournament and numerous social and sporting functions in Newport from May 14 through May 21. The National Tennis Club bid to host the tournament brings the tournament back to Newport which hosted the 2004 Real Tennis World Championships. Current World Champion Rob Fahey of Australia will be in Newport to defend his World Title for the 12th consecutive time.
In addition to the tournament which will be played over three days, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in an amateur doubles tournament, a Pro-Am doubles tournament and witness a Real Tennis Legends exhibition. Social events will include an Opening Cocktail Party at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a golf outing at Newport Country Club, an America’s Cup 12 Meter Yacht regatta on Newport Harbor and a closing Championship Dinner at Ochre Court.
The first leg of the World Championship Eliminator was played at The Tuxedo Club (Tuxedo Park, NY) and the Racquet Club of Chicago, with Steve Virgona, of Australia, prevailing over Tim Chisholm of the United States. In the final World Championship Eliminator held April 6 - April 10 at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, Camden Riviere defeated Steve Virgona 7 sets to 2 in the best of 13 set and has earned the right to take on defending World Champion Rob Fahey in the Real Tennis World Championship (May 17th, 19th and 21st) in Newport, RI.
The court in Newport was built in 1880 and is the only Real Tennis or Court Tennis club open to public play. It is the oldest court in America still in active use. Stephen DeVoe III, President of The National Tennis Club stated “the response and request for tickets from the international community has been very positive, with attendees saying not only are they looking forward to great tennis but also being able to come to Newport with its rich history, unique shops and fabulous restaurants.” De Voe went on to say “the unique format of this tournament over 3 days means many visitors will be staying in Newport for the week representing a great economic opportunity for local businesses”.
More information about the 2016 Real Tennis World Championship and the National Tennis Club can be found on the website at www.NationalTennisClub.org.