Museum Celebrates Grand Reopening and Inducts Class of 2015
November 22, 2015
The Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame in Waco has reopened. The museum celebrated its Grand Reopening on Saturday, November 21, 2015.
The celebration kicked off with a Grand Reopening Play Day in the parking lot of the museum. Kids of all ages gathered to play mini tennis. Children also went inside the museum to participate in a scavenger hunt.
The reopening festivities included screenings of two documentaries, “WCT: The Road to Open Tennis” and "Unforgettable: The Little Mo Connolly Story" in the late afternoon. Little Mo's daughter and longtime supporter of the museum, Cindy Brinker Simmons, and her son, William, were on hand to welcome viewers.
A cocktail reception took place before the the Induction Banquet. The Class of 2015 included Owen Davidson, Dick King and Linda Rupert Thomas.
Visitors came from around the state for a first look at the newly refurbished museum. Plans for a new interior with addional and more interactive exhibits started in 2012. The museum was in need of a makeover and additional exhibits that would appeal to younger audiences. It now has a sleak, modern look and is filled with stories to inspire, as well as treasured Texas tennis artifacts and objects. The museum's exhibits take visitors through the early days of tennis in Texas and foundational events including the WCT and famous Battle of the Sexes match. When they've completed the tour, visitors can take a picture in front of a "future inductee" backdrop or watch a series of videos in the museum's new theater.