Newport, Rhode Island will play host to some of the top tennis players in the world this week, as the 2013 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships get underway.
There are several notable contenders in this year’s draw, including two-time champion John Isner, Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, Lleyton Hewitt, Nicolas Mahut and James Blake, among others. Will one of these stars be taking home the title this weekend, and will an American hoist the trophy for the fourth year in a row?
With Wimbledon now in the past, all focus will shift to the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. While five people will be enshrined in Newport, others will be taking the court looking to make some history for themselves.
So, how can you make sure you don’t miss a second of ATP action?
Below is everything you need to know about what’s to come in Newport this week at the 2013 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, including the full schedule, TV information and the storyline that everyone is going to be paying attention to throughout the tournament.
When: Monday, July 8 to Sunday, July 14
Where: International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, R.I.
Live Stream: TennisTV.com
TV Information: Tennis Channel
Friday, July 12: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET
Saturday, July 13: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET
Sunday, July 14: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET
Hall of Fame Tennis Championships Schedule
|Monday, July 8||11 a.m.||Early Rounds|
|Tuesday, July 9||11 a.m.||Early Rounds|
|Wednesday, July 10||11 a.m.||Early Rounds|
|Thursday, July 11||11 a.m.||Quarterfinals|
|Friday, July 12||11 a.m.||Quarterfinals|
|Saturday, July 13||2 p.m.||Semifinals|
|Sunday, July 14||2 p.m.||Finals|
Schedule courtesy of Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
Click Here to See the Entire Men’s Singles Draw
Click Here to See the Entire Men’s Doubles Draw
Key Storyline: Isner Looking to win third in a row
John Isner has dominated at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships the last two years, winning the tournament in 2011 and 2012. This weekend, Isner will be looking to make it three straight championships at the historic tournament.
In 2011, Isner defeated Olivier Rochus in the final and didn’t drop a set throughout his entire run to the crown. Isner wasn’t perfect last year, but still came out on top against Lleyton Hewitt. In the last two years at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Sergei Bubka has been the only player to win a set against Isner.
Isner is the No. 2 seed in this year’s tournament, as Sam Querrey is the top guy this week in Newport. But that doesn’t mean that Isner isn’t the favorite to win it all for a third time. He’ll be taking on Ryan Harrison in the first round and will definitely be tested by his fellow countryman.
Harrison got the best of Isner at the Apia International in Sydney in the first round earlier this year, when Isner was the top seed in the tournament. Isner would get his revenge on Harrison at the French Open, as he came back to win three straight sets after dropping the first two in the second round.
Isner recently retired from Wimbledon in the second round after experiencing pain in his left knee, according to the Associated Press (h/t USA Today). It will be interesting to see if an injury will derail his hopes of winning a third consecutive title at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.