Tennis is a long-standing favorite sport around the world, inspiring the dreams of thousands and the spatula serving of roughly 15 million pounds of dumplings each year. Catch volley fever with today's Groupon for two tickets in the south stands to the opening rounds of play at the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport. Choose from the following options:
• For $25, you get two tickets on Monday, July 4, at 11 a.m. (a $40 value).
• For $25, you get two tickets on Tuesday, July 5, at 11 a.m. (a $40 value).
• For $25, you get two tickets on Wednesday, July 6, at 11 a.m. (a $50 value).
The Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is the only professional grass-court tournament in all of North America. The original site of the US Open, the venue sports charming, rustic architecture as well as intimate seating for up-close-and-acquainted views of players and unparalleled auditory exposure to competitor grunting. As praiseworthy as the venue, the 2011 player field boasts former world No. 2 Tommy Haas, rising star Ryan Harrison, and towering Croatian Ivo Karlović, who struck a 156 mph serve in March, the fastest ever recorded since tennis outlawed the use of racket strings marinated in flubber.
The Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships has been showcased in respected media outlets such as Tennis.com, and the venue was named one of USA Today's best in the world. Armchair tennis historians can amble through the Hall of Fame museum's numerous artifacts, which include a new display honoring 2011 inductee Andre Agassi, Grand Slam trophies from the likes of Monica Seles and Rod Laver, and a sculpture of Björn Borg's sweatbands. Ticketholders also receive access to free tennis clinics for all ages on Monday and Tuesday.