Bill Tilden, one of the greatest tennis players the world has known, was the first American to win Wimbledon in 1920.
GV INT Exhibits in the hall of fame.
CU Colonel Day being interviewed.
CU Pictures of famous tennis players. (6 SHOTS)
CU Photographs of famous players. (4 SHOTS)
SV Models of women tennis players in old fashioned tennis gear.
CU Colonel Day listening to reporter's question.
SV & CU Famous bowl, (2 SHOTS)
CU PAN ALONG Famous trophies.
CU Bust of Bill Tilden.
SV ZOOM INTO Old tennis books. (2 SHOTS)
CU Old tennis rackets.
SV Modern rackets.
CU OF Rackets on display.
CU Portraits of tennis players in action.
CU Colonel Day continues speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: STEWARD: "It is called the Hall of Fame. The name and players that you celebrate many famous tennis players. How are the players chosen for the Hall of Fame?"
SEQ. 2: DAY: "Well, anyone may send in a recommendation. But after those are reviewed, there is a nominating committee of the board of directors, and they make their recommendations. And then this is voted on by all of the directors of the Tennis Hall of Fame, and there is no set number. Any person can be elected. By that I mean that you do not have to be, like some sports, that you must be retired for five years because tennis is a game of lifetime and in the United States now we have even a national championship for 80 years olds. And so being a game that people play all their lives we could pick a younger player if we wanted to.
But we select both men and women, and from all countries of the world."
STEWARD: "What are your most treasured exhibits here?"
SEQ. 15: DAY: "But specifically, I would say this. This most treasured ones are the Sears bowl which silversmiths now tell me that there are very few craftsmen who could create anything like that again. Certainly the things that we have of Bill Tilden, who was certainly one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and in addition to his playing did so much to help other people learn the game, and wrote so much about the game. In addition to that, any memorabilia of the person who is enshrined... (INDISTINCT) actually the antique tennis books that we have in our library, the old diaries. Anything that researcher would want to come here to look at. If we should lose maybe one of the modern rackets here well, this would always be replaced by the manufacturer. But the things for the people who are no longer living, if we even lost one of those, why, it would be impossible to replace. And now we are working on portraits or bronze busts or bronze plaques of all the people that have been enshrined. It is very hard to say which is the most valuable thing. This is the second most valuable thing. This is the second most valuable. But in general, the older things are, the more valuable they are."
REPORTERS: ANTHONY STEWARD
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Background: Bill Tilden, one of the greatest tennis players the world has known, was the first American to win Wimbledon in 1920. He repeated the feat a year later and again in 1930. Films of his exploits are among the many items of tennis memorabilia housed in America's International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island -considered to be the home of American tennis, and the hall contains hundred of historic trophies, antique rackets and clothing worn by tennis players since the modern version of game was invented in England more than a hundred years ago.
SYNOPSIS: The Hall and its significance was explained by its director, Colonel Robert Day, to Anthony Steward, of Visnews.