Unprecedented Intimate Gathering Of Worldâ€™s Top Tennis Players At Second Annual Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne All-Star Charity Tennis Event To Benefit Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation
March 22, 4 to 8 p.m
The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center
The 2010 Sony Ericsson menâ€™s and womenâ€™s winners return to The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne for the second consecutive year in an unprecedented, intimate gathering of the worldâ€™s top tennis players the eve of the Sony Ericsson tennis tournament. The March 22 gathering gives just 33 locals the opportunity to test their skills in a Round Robin qualifying tournament in which the winners earn a chance to hit against the worldâ€™s top players and try to return Andy Roddickâ€™s serve. A radar gun will determine if Roddick is kind or unleashes his legendary 155mph rocket.
Led by Grand Slam legend Cliff Drysdale, along with Tennis Director Mark Chellas and ESPN tennis analyst Darren Cahill, who all provide local players with coaching tips and commentary, the all-star lineup features:
Â· Andy Roddick, Number 1 singles player in the US
Â· Caroline Wozniaki, Number 1 singles player in the world
Â· Kim Clijsters, Number 3 singles player in the world, US Open champion
Â· Guillermo CaÃ±as, Former professional Argentine tennis player
Â· 18-year old Ryan Harrison, who is considered by many to be the next great American men’s tennis player (featured in a Tennis magazine double-page spread)
The event, March 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. includes a champagne reception with passed hors dâ€™oeuvres, exhibition matches with the top stars, a pro round robin, a â€œKing of the Courtâ€ challenge match pitting the pros against the amateur Round Robin winners, and much more.
The action is open to the public by reservation and is limited to the first 150 spectators and 33 players who phone The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at 305-365-4300 or contact Mark Chellas at Mark.Chellas@ritzcarlton.com.
Tickets are as follows:
Â· $250 per person gives the first 33 people to register entry to a Round Robin tournament & tennis tips from Drysdale, Chellas and Cahill to qualify for two spots, giving local players the chance of a lifetime to play out a point with three of the top tennis players in the world.
Â· $65 per person provides the first 150 spectators tickets to view the exhibitions, quaff champagne and nosh hors dâ€™oeuvres while they watch all the action.
Â· If nothing less than a sure thing is your style, $3,000 provides one VIP All Access Pass including one player entry in the Round Robin tournament, guaranteed playing time against Roddick, Wozniaki and Clijsters, VIP courtside seating for the courtside champagne reception and a meet-and-greet photo opp.
Proceeds from the second-annual All Star Charity Tennis Event will support the Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation that helps economically and socially challenged youth learn tennis and valuable life skills by participating in free, affordable GMTEF tennis and education programs throughout the school year, as well as during the summer.
Miamiâ€™s Island Oasis
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Miamiâ€™s only AAA Five Diamond resort, is just minutes from the cityâ€™s cosmopolitan center, yet feels like a secluded island getaway with its lush tropical gardens, infinity ocean views and the only South Florida beach on Dr. Beachâ€™s Top Ten Beaches in the U.S. list. Connected to Miami by a picturesque causeway, the luxury resort is a renowned spa destination, has three global dining venues, which take guests on culinary journeys to Tuscany, Coastal Mexico and St. Tropez, and has the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton in the world. The award-winning resort is recognized by Travel + Leisure, CondÃ© Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Forbes, Tennis magazine and Golf Digest as among the worldâ€™s best hotels. For additional information or reservations, call The Ritz-Carlton toll free at (800) 241-3333, the resort directly at (305) 365-4500, a travel professional or visit The RitzCarlton Web site at: www.ritzcarlton.com.