The 2010 Sony Ericsson men’s and women’s winners return to The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne for the second consecutive year in an extraordinary, intimate gathering of the world’s top tennis players the eve of the Sony Ericsson tennis tournament. This gathering gives just 33 locals the opportunity to test their skills in a Round Robin qualifying tournament. Winners earn a chance to hit against the world’s top players and try to return Andy Roddick’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:
• Andy Roddick, Number 1 singles player in the US
• Caroline Wozniaki, Number 1 singles player in the world
• Kim Clijsters, Number 3 singles player in the world, US Open champion
• Guillermo Cañas, Former professional Argentine tennis player
• 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)
• $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.
• $65 per person provides the first 150 spectators tickets to view the exhibitions, quaff champagne and nosh hors d’oeuvres while they watch all the action.
• 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.
What: Includes a champagne reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, exhibition matches with the top stars, a pro Round Robin, a “King of the Court” challenge match pitting the pros against the amateur Round Robin winners, a “Battle of the Sexes” and much more.
When: March 22 from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Where: 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.