As the ATP Tour continues to focus on sustainability with a keen eye on environmental impact, one of the circuit's most historic events made news this week for doing its part.
The Infosys Hall of Fame Open achieved carbon neutral status, the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) announced on Tuesday. All carbon emissions generated by the ATP 250 tournament in 2023 have been offset by the ITHF through the purchase of carbon credits.
With support from their official sustainability sponsor, 11th Hour Racing, and tournament attendees, the Infosys Hall of Fame Open offset 120 metric tons of carbon emissions (MT CO2e) stemming from operations and player travel. Carbon credits purchased by the International Tennis Hall of Fame through the Gold Standard have helped to fund wind energy projects and turbines in Gujarat, India.
“Achieving carbon neutral status for the Infosys Hall of Fame Open is an incredible step for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in our effort to operate sustainably,” said tournament director Brewer Rowe. “We are grateful for the ongoing support from 11th Hour Racing, and notably, the fans, for doing their part to make a positive impact on our environment.”
For the first time in 2023, Newport ticket purchasers were given the option to offset their own emissions from travel to the tournament. Donations from fans were directly responsible for 30 of the 120 MT CO2e offset by the ITHF.
Through a comprehensive waste management plan, fan education, and the elimination of single-use plastics, the Infosys Hall of Fame Open diverted a record 80 per cent of its waste from landfills in 2023. The tournament was additionally designated as a Certified Green Event by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.