NEWPORT, R.I., Feb. 15, 2017 – Dell Technologies has committed to a five-year, multifaceted sponsorship of the International Tennis Hall of Fame that includes the title sponsorship of the Hall of Fame’s annual ATP 250 event. The company is also contributing its technology solutions and expertise to create a digital archive for the ITHF from its vast museum collection of artifacts, photos, video and publications.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dell Technologies as our new title sponsor, and we are very excited about this creative partnership. The sponsorship enables us to continue to deliver a world-class professional tennis tournament in Newport, and to grow our work to preserve and promote the history of tennis,” said Todd Martin, ITHF CEO and Tournament Director of the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open for the Van Alen Cup (DTHoFOftVAC!), via a press release.
“While all tennis fans may not be able to visit Newport, through this initiative, they will eventually be able to engage with our museum collection online and through other special programs, so that they can learn from and be inspired by the sport’s history.
“To find a collaborator that is not only interested in putting their name on an event, but also in investing in our mission and our future is incredibly energizing. We look forward to kicking things off this summer with a great tournament, and to growing in our delivery of the Hall of Fame’s mission through this relationship for years to come.”
Into the 21st Century: The museum digitization project is a tremendous and ongoing undertaking for the ITHF. The collection contains more than 25,000 artifacts of tennis history – pieces ranging from trophies to apparel to personal communications. On top of that, there are well over 300,000 photographs, video files, publications and scrapbooks from tennis legends. By digitizing their archives on a Dell EMC Isilon Scale-out NAS storage system, the ITHF can transform content to be made available in online programs and other special initiatives.
Formerly known as the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships: Held at the Hall of Fame annually since 1976, the tournament draws top ATPers to Newport, R.I., for a week of world-class tennis and an array of special events on the historic grass courts of the ITHF.
In 2016, current world No. 20 Ivo Karlovic claimed the Van Alen Cup, named for Hall of Fame founder Jimmy Van Alen.
New Class: The International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 22 will honor five champions for their remarkable achievements in the sport: former world No. 1’s Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick; Paralympic gold medalist Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch; tennis journalist and historian Steve Flink; and groundbreaking sports scientist Vic Braden (posthumous honor).