By International Tennis Hall Of Fame/Hall Of Fame Open
At the 2018 Hall of Fame Open, the Aces for Rhode Island program — and its participating nonprofit organizations, benefited from 192 aces served during singles matches on Center Court.
This time the Aces for Rhode Island initiative, in its second year, will take advantage of every ace during the tournament, singles and doubles, all courts.
Ten nonprofits, most of them on Aquidneck Island, will collect pledges that can be as low as 5 cents per ace. Last year’s ace numbers may have been higher if not for a first-round loss for Ivo Karlovic, the ATP Tour’s all-time aces leader (13,455), and the withdrawal of John Isner (11,466 career aces).
Karlovic was dealt another first-round defeat on Monday, but hit 19 aces before dropping two tiebreakers to Guido Andreozzi. Isner was granted a late wild card into the main draw and has a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed. The 6-foot-10 American has averaged 18.1 aces per match in his 633 career matches.
71 Aces were served during Monday’s play
On Monday morning, players in this year’s tournament participated in kids clinics at two of the Aces for Rhode Island beneficiaries. Leander Paes and Christopher Eubanks hit with kids at the Newport County YMCA, while Max Schnur and Ben McLachlan attended a clinic at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport.
To make a pledge for Aces for Rhode Island, visit HallofFameOpen.com/aces.