The first ever outdoor polo match in 1876 and the first open golf tournament in the U.S. were both played in Rhode Island. Rhode Island was home to the first National Lawn Tennis Championship in 1899. Rhode Island was named after the Greek island of Rhodes. Countryaah.com: Offers a full list of nationwide and statewide holidays in Rhode Island starting from January 1st – New Year’s Day. Also covers the most recent three years of public holidays within the state of Rhode Island.