Yenra : Autos : Mercedes : SL sports car 50th anniversary corresponds with that of the Tennis Hall of Fame, whose inductees gathered in Newport, Rhode Island


Professional tennis legends gathered at the International Tennis Hall of Fame to induct its newest members during festivities for the 50th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. In conjunction, several tennis legends also celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Mercedes-Benz SL sports car.

Having debuted in 1954 to remarkable acclaim due partly to its Gullwing doors and race car genes, all five generations of the flagship sports car -- with the latest limited-production, 604-hp 2005 SL65 AMG supercar in the foreground -- were present with tennis heroes.

Tennis stars Stan Smith, Ken Rosewall, Guillermo Vilas, Virginia Wade, Margaret Court and 2004 inductee, Stefan Edberg stand beside the classic sports car. Mercedes-Benz has been the preeminent sponsor of ATP Tennis since 1996.