CAMARILLO, CALIF. — World No. 9 and top-ranked Ameri
can Mardy Fish will join the Bryan Bros. at the Cool Planet Tennis Fest at Spanish Hills CC on Oct. 23.
The exo/pro-am will benefit the Bryan Bros. Foundation, which supports youth tennis activities and underserved youth throughout Southern California. The foundation has raised $240,000 for programs nationwide and was recently a recipient of $10,000 ATP Tour Charities grant. Mike and Bob Bryan are the current No. 1 doubles team in the world.
Fish has won 40 matches in ‘11, capturing the Atlanta title and reaching finals in Montreal and L.A.
The Bryan Brothers Tennis Fest starts at noon with a pro-am limited to 10 amateurs who will partner with the Bryans and other former ATP/WTA stars, including Rick Leach, Ken Flach and Tracy Austin. Following the pro-am, the Bryans will play exo matches with celebs and Fish and other touring pros to be announced at a later date.
Capping the day’s activities, the Bryan Bros. Band will perform, with guest appearances by American Idol star Michael Johns, Counting Crows drummer Jim Bogios, and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter James Slater.
The Bryans were recently recognized by the World Affairs Council of America with the Global Citizens of the Year Award. They will be presented with the award and honored at a special Gala Dinner presented by the World Affairs Councils of America on Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Spanish Hills. The Bryan Bros. Band will perform at the Gala and tickets are currently on sale at $125 per person, $225 per couple and $800 for a VIP Table of eight.
“We’re so appreciative that our friends Mardy, Tracy, Ricky and Ken are coming to Camarillo to donate their time to bring great tennis to our city and to help raise funds for the kids,” said Bob Bryan. “It’s going to be a great day.”
“There are still a few spots in the pro-am,” added Mike Bryan. “We always enjoy playing with our supporters, and tickets are available for the exhibition. This is definitely a chance to see world-class tennis at courtside.”
Cool Planet Energy Systems is the title sponsor of the event, and Merrill Lynch is the presenting sponsor.
The Bryan Bros. have been ended the year at No. 1 a record-setting six times. They’ve won 73 titles, also a record for titles won by a team, while winning 11 Grand Slam Titles, which ties them for the record with the team of Mark Woodforde/Todd Woodbridge.
For ticket info and to participate in the Pro-am, call (805) 388-8872 or visit www.bbtennisfest.com.