Since Oxford ended, one of my friends who went on the trip and I have been trying to meet up during the summer before university starts in the fall. Today, he invited me to join his family and watch a few matches match at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
I do not have any knowledge of the tennis world--let alone any other sport--but why not go and spend time with a good friend?
We saw the finals of Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championship. It turns out one of the players and the winner of the singles tournament, John Isner, will be representing the United States at the Olympics in London, so it was exciting to an Olympian athlete in action.
I enjoyed watching the matches a lot more than I thought I would. I suppose there is quite a difference between being in the stands at the game and staring at a television screen.
Afterwards, we went to dinner at the Canfield House a few doors down from the Hall of Fame. It is right next to Dunkin Donuts on Memorial Boulevard on the way to Apothecary Newport, but my friends and I never stopped in before. We must have passed it countless times before.
It was so hard to choose from the menu, because everything looked so good! I ordered mussels and clams as an appetizer and pasta bolognese as an entree. The Canfield House is now one of my favorite restaurants in Newport.
|Walking down Narragansett Avenue|
|Viking Trolley Tour on Bellevue Ave|
|The International Tennis Hall of Fame|
|Corona was one of the sponsors of the tournament|
|Vendor stands, including a few local clothing boutiques, products, Del's Lemonade, Pizza Hollywood, and other various concessions|
|Perrier lounge--coolest marketing concept|
|Singles: John Isner vs. Lleyton Hewitt|
|John Isner being presented as the winner of the singles Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championship|
|Doubles final: Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) and Scott Lipsky (USA) vs. Colin Fleming (Great Britain) and Ross Hutchins (Great Britain)|
|Appetizer: Pei Mussels and Local Littleneck Clams; steamed in a light broth of garlic, white wine, lemon, fresh thyme, and butter|
|Entree: Pasta Bolognese; tender tip and sweet Italian sausage , campanelle pasta, shredded parmesan cheese|