Talk Tennis was back in Fort Myers, Florida this year for the 10th Annual Madisen’s Match, which kicked off by serving up an ACE at the opening Gala and Live Auction!
As soon as the gates of the enchanting Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club opened, guests found themselves immersed in a divine tennis wonderland. A wall adorned with vintage tennis racquets and mystical white gloved hands emerging enticing everyone down a green carpet with a glass of bubbly, and the Queen of the Court awaiting the guests at the end with a few delicious bites.
Dinner was a 4-course culinary Grand Slam, with cooks live preparing fine Australian, French, English, and American cuisine.
The Gala and live auction that ensued after dinner united the room in spirit and energy as everyone came together for a common goal and transformative cause.
The many tennis celebrities that were present to support the cause were scattered among the various tables helping to encourage awareness and fundraise benefitting the Golisano Children's Hospital Cancer Center Fund, and The Lee Health Regional pediatric and adult Cancer Center.
The Bryan Brothers Band featuring Jim Bogios of the Counting Crows on the drums, called game set match to a successful and inspirational evening with a lively poolside performance. Guests celebrated on the dancefloor the incredible difference this night was going to make for the lives of so many in need adults and children. And the lady of the hour, Madisen, got “Jiggy With It” on the dancefloor among the guests, smiling, laughing, and twirling the night away, to the fruits of this sensational event that had ripened as a result of her beautiful self.
The next day the celebration was taken to the courts for the Madisen’s Match Legends Tennis camp, and Pro-Am. The Legends camp provides the opportunity of a lifetime for tennis players and enthusiasts to get up close and personal with some of their favorite tennis super stars. Small groups are formed and spread amongst the many courts. The celebrities then turn into instructors as they rotate among all the courts, each focusing on a different aspect of the game. Not too bad being able to say that you learned a better forehand from Sam Querrey, or perfected your serve and Volley technique thanks to the Bryan Brothers!
The day then continued with a Pro-Am tournament where the stars were each paired with an amateur player, and battled it out with each other to become the Madisen’s Match 10th Annual Pro-Am champions!
The stars this year included: The most successful doubles team of all time, Bob and Mike Bryan. Top Ranked American player Sam Querrey. Former top ranked American player, and current ESPN broadcaster, Mardy Fish. Former top ranked American player, and newly appointed Davis Cup Captain, Robby Ginepri. Fed Cup captain who led our USA ladies in 2017 to their first victory in 17 years, Kathy Rinaldi. Former Top Tier coach, and top ranked American player Tom Gullikson. Former American player, and current Coach of the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis, Murphy Jensen. Former Player and current ESPN Analyst, Luke Jensen. Former world #1 American doubles player, Don Johnson. And former Swedish professional player, Michael Pernfors.
After the Legends Tennis Camp and Pro-Am, the excitement continued on to the Sun Coast Credit Union Arena for the Golisano Pro Tennis Classic. This event marked the first time ever that a professional tennis event was played indoors in Southwest Florida! Over 2 thousand fans eagerly crowded the stadium to watch the stars duke it out with one another in a fun yet fierce, competition.
The 10th annual Madisen’s Match was a massive success! Not only was an incredible amount of good accomplished among these two amazing days, but a whole lot of fun for everyone involved was definitely achieved as well! Not to mention this year raised a record amount of 300k for the cause!!!
Keep your eyes open for tickets to the 11th annual Madisen’s Match. Clearly, this isn’t an event to be missed! See you next year!!
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