Defending Champion Steve Johnson to play Hall of Fame Open this summer

Hosted on the historic grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the tournament will be held July 14-21. The Hall of Fame Open is New England's only pro tennis tournament and the only tournament played on grass courts in the nation.

Steve Johnson has committed to returning to Newport to defend his title at the Hall of Fame Open, set for July 14 – 21 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The American tennis great captured his fourth career title last summer when he defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan of India in the final.

“I’m excited to be heading being back to Newport this summer. The crowd was amazing last year, and I definitely felt their energy. I love the venue, and to win where so much history has occurred is really special. I can’t wait to come back and defend my title in Newport,” said Johnson in a press release sent by the ITHOF.

Last summer, Johnson followed up his Newport victory with a run into the final at the Winston-Salem Open. As one of the top-ranked Americans of recent years, Johnson has been a staple of the US Davis Cup Team, and in 2016 he partnered with Jack Sock to take home the Bronze Medal in men’s doubles at the Olympics. Currently ranked world No. 39, Johnson is in action this week at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, where he won the title in both 2017 and 2018.

“Steve is a great player and an even better representative of our sport. We are thrilled to welcome him back as defending champion in Newport this summer,” commented International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin in the release.

Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Open are on sale now on www.HallofFameOpen.com.

New for 2019, the Flex Ticket offers fans the chance to buy two tickets at a great price and then decide during the week of the tournament which days to come. In addition to seven days of exciting pro tennis, the tournament will feature kids tennis clinics, a fashion show, and other great special events.

Highlights for this summer will also include the International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Li Na, Mary Pierce, and Yevgeny Kafelnikov on Saturday, July 20; and Invesco Legends Newport featuring Mats Wilander, Jim Courier, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Todd Martin on Sunday, July 21. Tickets for all special events include access to that day’s tournament matches.

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