A hologram of 17-time major champion Roger Federer will be a highlight of the renovated International Tennis Hall of Fame museum when it reopens next week, museum officials announced Monday.
The Federer hologram will tell visitors why the Swiss player loves the sport and will showcase some of his signature shots. He was chosen because he is a current and international tennis star, a museum spokeswoman said.
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"It was an honor to be asked to be the hologram at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and I was quite happy to take on the project," Federer said in a statement issued by the museum.
The Hall posted a teaser video to YouTube on Monday:
It’s no Star Wars trailer, but it’ll still keep our interest piqued until we see the real thing.
The hologram will be the first of its kind in any sports museum in the United States, according to the Newport-based facility.
The museum is scheduled to re-open May 20 after a $3 million renovation. It has been closed to the public since December.
Other new technology in the museum will include an interactive tennis trivia game and a three-dimensional rotating globe that visitors can use to learn about tournaments and players around the world. The museum will also feature new built-in display cases and more than 500 items that had never been displayed before.
There are currently 143 Hall of Famers, including this year’s inductees: Former world No. 1 and two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo of France, six-time Paralympic medalist David Hall of Australia and longtime tennis industry leader Nancy Jeffett.