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Fish Joins Swingtime Roster
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Mardy Fish follows his appearance in last weekend’s Davis Cup final by joining forces with standouts Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Chris Evert, Stan Smith, Jim Courier, James Blake and Robby Ginepri at the Sixth Annual Swingtime Pro-Am Celebrity Tennis & Golf Tournament, benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, December 11-12th at the Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Fish, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Thursday, faces fellow Floridian and his good friend Blake during one of the four intriguing one-set or eight-game pro-set matches to take place during Swingtime’s tennis exhibition on Saturday. In doubles action, fans can see Capriati and Courier versus Venus Williams and Todd Martin, and Evert and Tom Gullikson versus Mary Joe Fernandez and Smith.
"I am looking forward to spending the weekend after playing in the Davis Cup final for the United States at Swingtime," said Fish, who cites golf as one of his favorite sports. "I’m expecting Swingtime to be a fun way to relax, entertain fans with some great tennis, and play a bit of golf."
Adding to the Swingtime excitement are some incredible auction items that can be bid on during Saturday night’s "Evening With The Stars" to be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The gala, which will be decorated by Venus Williams’ interior design firm, V Starr Interiors, will feature a casino theme, and patrons will spend part of the evening gambling at poker, roulette, black jack and craps tables. But the best bet is that gala attendees can bid on many hot ticket auction items, including: lunch with Fish at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami that includes two player box seats; one hour with Jim Courier that could be filled by inviting two friends to play doubles with the former Grand Slam champion; a trip to the French Open that includes two coach airline tickets, tickets and hospitality access to two sessions during the first week of the tournament which has been donated by Swingtime sponsor, Rado; a 6-day, 7-night trip to the Couples Resort in Jamaica; an autographed pair of Shaquille O’Neal’s shoes, and a Lance Armstrong autographed jersey.
"We have some great auction items this year at Swingtime, which will help raise money for the Gullikson Foundation," said Tom Gullikson, the host of the Swingtime. "Just looking at the list of auction items available, I think I might have to put in a bid or two myself. My one concern is that I think my wife, Julie, might have her eye on different things than I do."
Swingtime, an event that is designed to publicize the Gullikson Foundation's aim of assisting brain-tumor patients and their families in managing the physical, emotional and social challenges presented by the illness — world-class tennis pro Tim Gullikson passed away in 1996 at age 44 after losing his battle with brain cancer — has raised nearly half a million dollars for the cause since its inception. Swingtime's unique design guarantees a weekend of fun as well as a rare opportunity for participants to mingle with celebrities. On Saturday, December 11th, a morning of round-robin doubles at Ibis’ world-class tennis facility, followed by the tennis exhibition. The day will be capped off with Swingtime's "An Evening with the Stars" gala that commences with cocktails at 7 p.m. On Sunday morning, Swingtime returns to Ibis for an enjoyable celebrity-amateur golf tournament.
Swingtime is managed by C & H Events of Boca Raton. The Official Host Sponsor is Ibis Golf & Country Club. Official Sponsors include Adelphia Media Services, Clear Channel - Palm Beach, Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort, JetBlue Airways, Nike, Rado, The Palm Beach Post, Tennis Week and TIAA-CREF. Participating Gala sponsors include V Starr Interiors and Atlas Party Rental.
Swingtime tennis exhibition tickets are $55 for Box Seats and $35 for General Admission. Invitations for the "Evening with the Stars" are $200, or if bought in conjunction with exhibition tickets, there is a discounted price of $150 per invitation. Groups of 10 will receive a 10 percent discount on exhibition tickets. There are also a few choice spots remaining to take part in the tennis and golf pro-ams. For information, phone C & H Events at (561) 394-9190.