I forget who asked about this... but... it's now official I guess. I hate you Andy.
Serving for Tsunami Relief Fund
Kournikova, Roddick will play to raise money
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
Jim McIngvale and Jim Courier had been conversing about putting on a senior event at McIngvale's Westside Tennis Club next November. But, for the moment, that has become a backburner matter because of McIngvale's role in raising money for the Bush-Clinton Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund.
On Jan. 31, McIngvale and Courier, through the latter's new production company, InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, will put on the Serving for Tsunami Relief tennis exhibition at 7 p.m. at Toyota Center.
Courier, a former top-ranked American, is among the players who have committed to participate. Joining him will be Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Chris Evert and Anna Kournikova. Courier will be on site twisting arms at the Australian Open the next two weeks soliciting participants.
"It was a very easy decision," Courier said in a statement. "As soon as Jim mentioned the idea, I was in."
McIngvale reports that Roddick, the current top-ranked American, told him he would be part of the talent mix "even if he's in the Australian Open final" the previous day. A number of celebrities are expected to join in as well.
Tickets will be priced from $20 to $150 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Bush-Clinton fund, which McIngvale chairs in Houston. The Toyota Center, operated by the Rockets, offered what McIngvale called a "significant" discount to host its first tennis competition since opening in the fall of 2003.
"There's going to be some very high-caliber tennis," McIngvale said. "We'll have some singles, some doubles, some of everything — just great family entertainment."