The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation announced it will hold two main draw “wild card” tournaments for its $10,000 U.S. Tennis Association Pro Circuit event – The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships – to be held April 26 – May 1 at The Boulevard Tennis Club in Vero Beach, Florida.
The Tennis Resort at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, former site of the ATP Tour’s U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships, will host a wild card singles and doubles tournament at its facility April 1-3, while the BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida will host a wild card singles tournament also April 1-3.
Information on both events are outlined below. Entry fees benefit the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation (www.MardyFishFoundation.com) and are partially tax deductible.
ORLANDO SINGLES AND DOUBLES WILD CARD TOURNAMENT
Site: Tennis Resort at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World – 700 South Victory Way, Orlando, FL 34747
Entry Fee: $70 singles; $80 per doubles team Entries Close: March 28
PALM BEACH GARDENS SINGLES WILD CARD TOURNAMENT
Site: BallenIsles Country Club – 105 BallenIsles Dr, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Entry Fee: $65 singles (Singles only)
Entries Close: March 28
Contact: Trish Faulkner tfaulkner@Ballenisles.com (561-775-4777) To Enter: Sign up here on TennisLink http://www.mailermailer.com/rd?http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=184980 or email Trish Faulkner for details TFaulkner@BallenIsles.com
Winners of the singles and doubles wild card tournaments in Orlando and the winner of the singles wild card tournament in Palm Beach Gardens will have the opportunity to earn ATP points at the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championship and move their way up the ATP World Tour Rankings.
On February 22, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation announced it has taken over the management of the $10,000 “Futures” tennis tournament in Vero Beach, one of the longest-running and best attended events on the U.S. Tennis Association Pro Circuit. The tournament, now called The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships, will benefit the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, the non-profit tennis foundation benefiting children, named for Vero Beach native son Mardy Fish, a former top 10 tennis star, U.S. Davis Cup hero and silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games. The event was managed for 20 years by Vero Beach tennis teaching professional Mike Rahaley, who made the annual Vero Beach stop one of the crown jewels on the USTA Pro Circuit. The 2016 tournament will be held April 22 through May 1 at The Boulevard tennis club.
Founded in 2007, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation (www.mffkids.org and @MardyFishFound on Twitter) currently supports over 2,100 children in 15 elementary schools and six middle schools in Indian River County, Florida by providing after-school exercise, nutritional and enrichment programs in a safe environment to prepare them for healthy, productive and successful lives. The Foundation introduced the “Six Healthy Habits” in 2012 which are Get Sleep; Drink Water; Exercise Daily, Eat Healthy; Brush and Floss; Make Friends.” Mardy Fish recently completed his ATP professional tennis career at the 2015 U.S. Open, highlighted by a career-high ranking of No. 7, six ATP singles titles, eight ATP doubles titles and an Olympic silver medal in singles at the 2004 Olympics. He reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and was a mainstay on the U.S. Davis Cup team from 2002 to 2012.
Some of the past competitors in Vero Beach have gone on to succeed at the highest levels of professional tennis, winning major singles and doubles titles, Olympic medals and Davis Cup championships and earning No. 1 world rankings. Andy Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion who attained the world No. 1 ranking and helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 2007 competed in Vero Beach in 1999. Thomas Johansson of Sweden, who reached the second round of the Vero Beach Futures in 1995, won the Australian Open seven years later in 2002. Nicolas Massu, the 1998 singles runner-up in Vero Beach, won the singles and doubles gold medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, beating Fish in the gold medal singles match. Kyle Edmund, the 2013 champion in Vero Beach, helped Great Britain to the Davis Cup title in 2015. Other notable former competitors in Vero Beach include former world No. 2 Magnus Norman, former world No. 4 Tim Henman, 2016 Australian Open semifinalist Milos Raonic among others. Former Vero Beach competitors have combined to win 19 titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles at Grand Slam tournaments. Six former Vero Beach players have gone on to play Davis Cup for the United States – Roddick, Fish, Taylor Dent, Jared Palmer, Donald Young and Ryan Harrison.
Tickets for the qualifying rounds of the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships from April 22 – April 25 will cost $10, while tickets for the main draw of singles and doubles from April 26 – May 1 will be $20. Season tickets that include both the qualifying and main draw events cost $100. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.VeroBeachTennisTickets.com. Admission for children 18 and under is free. Fans can follow news and developments on the tournament on Facebook and on Twitter at @VeroFutures.