As a prelude to the Sony-Ericsson Open, The Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne in partnership with Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center, co-hosted an inaugural event with tennis icons Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Guillermo Canas, Darren Cahill, and Cliff Drysdale.
An unbelievable 40 athletes arrived that afternoon to compete for the coveted top three-men/women spots that guaranteed playtime with both Roddick and Clijsters in a Round Robin tournament.
After some sweat, serves, and backhands, both players and VIP guests met at the tennis garden’s hard court. The court was converted into an intimate setting where various exhibitions were set up, including the opportunity to return Roddick’s serve or win a point against Clijsters; doubles match with the pros and VIP sponsors; and a fast-paced exhibition with Roddick, Clijsters, and Canas. Drysdale and Cahill were also on the court providing encouragement and commentary.
Following the day’s activities, VIP guests received an exclusive opportunity to ask the tennis superstars various questions. The night ended with attendees enjoying champagne, specialty cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres at the adjacent court, where there was even a harpist playing live music for guests to enjoy.
All proceeds from the event benefited the Greater Miami Tennis and Education Foundation; the organization helps underprivileged kids that show a promising ability for tennis with coaching and programs that allow them to pursue their talent and passion for the sport.
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