The story of the United States Open is best told through the objects associated with the event — a staggering number of them are now housed at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
The consensus greatest hits of tennis history are on display in the hall’s museum, but another 25,000 or so objects and 300,000 photographs are tucked away in storage. Hidden away are some 1,100 notable tennis rackets, countless boxes of ephemera and rack after rack of clothing.
The museum is in the process of photographing and digitizing its enormous archive which, when completed, will be available on the hall’s website.
Many of the items pictured here, all associated with the U.S. Open, remain in the Hall of Fame’s archive awaiting digitization.
Tracy Austin, 1977: The dress was made for her by a family friend, Marilyn Kosten, for Austin’s U.S. Open debut as an unseeded 15-year-old amateur.
Martina Navratilova, 1978: The dress was made by Ted Tinling,…