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Sporting Newport Style
Tennis, Polo, and, of course, sailing highlight the city-by-the-sea's sporty side

From www.GoNewport.com -- Newport, Rhode Island's long history as a sailing destination has bestowed a sporty character to the city-by-the-sea. In addition to outstanding sailing conditions, visitors will be delighted to discover a variety of sports and recreational opportunities ranging from a professional tennis tournament to one of the world's most treasured walking trails.

The first U.S. National Championship (now known as the U.S. Open) was held in 1881 at the Newport Casino, a complex of buildings completed in 1880 as a private club and playground for the wealthy summer residents of Newport. Now the site of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Newport Casino is home to a comprehensive and interactive tennis museum, an annual men's professional tournament, and the only lawn courts available for public use in the nation.

On July 4-10, the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships will bring 32 of the top men in professional tennis to the legendary grass courts of the Newport Casino, the only ATP event played on grass courts in North America. Rounding out the week of professional tennis will be the International Tennis Hall of Fame's induction for the Hall of Fame Class of 2005, to be held on Saturday, July 9 prior to the semifinal matches. The Class of 2005 inductees will be Jim Courier, Yannick Noah, Jana Novotna and Butch Buchholz.

In addition, the week of tennis festivities features daily tournament match play, a children's tennis clinic with the pros, and the annual Angela Moore Fashion Show, a must-see event when the local designer presents her brightly-colored, unique jewelry and clothing at the beautiful backdrop of the International Tennis Hall of Fame- an architectural masterpiece. Additional details are available on www.TennisFame.com

Newport hosted the first International Polo match in 1886, a tradition that continues to live on every Saturday afternoon from May through September at Glen Farm. The Newport International Polo Series is a uniquely Newport event that makes for a wonderful Saturday afternoon. In fact, summer weekends bring the world's best polo teams back to Newport, the birthplace of the sport in America more than one hundred years ago. A crowd of all ages gathers at Glen Farm to take in the competitive matches and enjoy true Newport style tailgating as the summer sun sets and the mist rolls in! The 2005 season will kick off on June 4. Additional details are available on www.NewportInternationalPolo.com.

Of course, Newport's sporty side isn't limited to tennis and polo. A longtime home for the America's Cup, the waters of Newport Harbor annually welcome ships from around the world. Visitors can take to the water for a sunset sail on Newport's lovely Narragansett Bay or watch as world renowned sailors harness the wind in one of the many annual regattas, races and sailing festivals! In Newport, visitors can enjoy a sunset sail aboard a wooden sailboat, an afternoon sight-seeing cruise on a former rum runner built during the height of prohibition, or even a harbor excursion on a chartered former America's Cup 12-meter. Home to the Museum of Yachting and the International Yacht Restoration School, Newport is a sailor's dreamland.

Newport is also the ideal destination for the recreational walker. Newport's dramatic coastline and natural beauty are nowhere more charmingly on display than on the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk. Named one of fifty Places of a Lifetime by National Geographic Traveler, the Cliff Walk winds between the sprawling lawns of the opulent Newport mansions and the pounding surf of the Atlantic. Open year-round, the Cliff Walk is best enjoyed from spring through autumn, when wildflowers and lush foliage bring an additional layer of color to the experience. The entrance to the Cliff Walk is just past Easton's Beach, also a lovely spot for a stroll.

The Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the City of Newport and the five townships of Newport County as a destination for leisure and business travel. For further information, please contact the NCCVB Marketing Department at 401- 845-9151 or www.GoNewport.com.

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