International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Gallery at the US Open
If you’re a student of the game—or you would simply like to learn a bit more about tennis’
glorious past and exciting future—be sure to visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Gallery and the US Open Bookstore at their new location in the Chase Center, which can be entered from the Avenue of Aces. Both the gallery and the bookstore are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. throughout the tournament.
This year at the US Open, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Gallery is pleased to present a very
special exhibit, Serving Their Countries: Tennis and War, and will also be displaying Arthur Ashe: Out of the Shadow, a collection of personal photos of Arthur Ashe taken by his wife, the photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.
Serving Their Countries: Tennis and War
"Like leaves, the tennis players were quickly carried along by the winds of war." – Gianni Clerici
War has always been an integral part of civilization. From the earliest days, war between nations has greatly impacted how we live as a society. For more than a century, sports and war have intersected on and off the playing field. Baseball, football, golf and basketball have, at some point, been intertwined with the war effort. Tennis is no exception.
Serving Their Countries: Tennis and War tells a heroic and selfless story. War has greatly impacted the game of tennis. Some tournaments were canceled or suspended until the end of certain conflicts. To serve their countries, competitors halted their once promising careers, some of which were shortened and not as productive as they had been before the fighting began. Other players made the ultimate sacrifice. Nevertheless, these athletes carried out their civic duty, despite its impact on the game, in order to support the war effort. Charity matches, clinics on military bases around the world and tours by professional tennis players boosted morale and showed the commitment the tennis community had to a free and safe world—and continues to do so today. This exhibition honors those players and that commitment.