Collecting Tennis Autographs By Mail
Whether you are a fan of tennis or you simply enjoy collecting sports autographs, sending your requests through the mail will save you both time and money. Because the majority of sports also have a Hall of Fame that recognizes itís most outstanding players, many fans have found great success in requesting autographs in their care. Tennis, like most other popular sports, has a Hall of Fame that features inductees from past to present.
If you would like to send an autograph request, be sure to include your return address in the upper left hand corner of the envelope and also include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with enough postage for your signed item to be returned. Below is a list of all living inductees of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, along with the mailing address in which to send your requests.
International Tennis Hall of Fame
194 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
Betz (Addie), Pauline
Brough (Clapp), Louise
Casals, Rosie (Rosemary)
Court Smith, Margaret
Douglass Lambert Chambers, Dorothea
Goolagong Cawley, Evonne
Haydon Jones, Adrianne
King, Billie Jean
Mortimer Barett, Florence
Segura Caano, Francisco
Turner Bowrey, Lesley
Van Ryn, John
Von Cramm, Gottfried
Now that you know who to write to and where to send the letter, itís time to consider what type of autograph you want to request. Many fans simply ask their favorite tennis player to send a signed photo, but others get more creative with sending their own tennis memorabilia to be signed. One popular example is a tennis ball, which can be shipped inexpensively and will make for a terrific addition to any autograph collection. Some fans also prefer to send blank index cards, t-shirts, trading cards, amateur photos that they have taken of their favorite tennis star or other sports-related memorabilia.
Itís important to note that many tennis players are more than willing to accommodate their fans with autograph requests. It is equally important that, due to time and scheduling, tennis fans be patient with their favorite athlete(s) who are always on the go and receive a lot of fan mail. There is no way to guarantee who will or will not sign autographs, but a kindly worded letter, a SASE and sending one or two items to be signed will greatly increase the chances of success. Itís a good idea to never send more than two items to be autographed and always be polite in your request. Happy collecting!
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