Haas joins celebrity lineup for Swingtime
Daily News staff
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Tommy Haas, the world's No. 11 ranked tennis players, has confirmed he will join this year's celebrity field for the eighth annual Swingtime — A Pro-Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis & Golf Tournament —Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation in Naples.
For the second consecutive year, Stock Development will host the event on Saturday and Sunday which includes a tennis pro-am, golf pro-am tournament, a tennis exhibition with stars from the ATP and WTA Tours and "An Evening with the Stars" gala.
"I am excited about being part of Swingtime. My schedule has never allowed me to attend and I am happy that this year I could accept the invitation to help a great cause" Haas said. "I look forward to visiting Naples and playing in the tennis exhibition."
Haas joins an "A-list" of tennis celebrities that will make the scene at this year's Swingtime. Among the other players that will join in the action-packed Swingtime weekend are: grand slam champions Chris Evert and Jennifer Capriati, former world No. 1 Jim Courier, two-time Grand Slam finalist Todd Martin, former top 10 player Aaron Krickstein, current tour players Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent and Jamea Jackson.
Other former tennis stars on the 2006 are: Swingtime host Tom Gullikson, Naples resident Johan Kriek, Kathy Rinaldi, Gigi Fernandez, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Lori McNeil, Harold Solomon, Wendy Turnbull, Jimmy Arias, Ricardo Acuna and Owen Davidson.
"Swingtime is great because it brings together a lot of old friends who Tim and I knew from the tennis tour, plus the Foundation gets to introduce our mission to today's stars such as Tommy," said Swingtime host Tom Gullikson. "Tommy has won 10 titles on tour and hopefully he can add the Swingtime exhibition title to his collection."
The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation was established in 1995 by the Gulliksons, both former world-class tennis pros and distinguished coaches, after Tim was diagnosed with malignant brain tumors. Tim Gullikson, who as a coach helped establish Pete Sampras as the top player in the world, died in 1996, at age 44, after losing his battle with the disease.
The Foundation's mission is to fund care and support programs to assist brain-tumor patients and their families in managing the physical, emotional and social challenges presented by the illness. Among other things, the Foundation funds information and support phone lines for brain tumor patients and their families, sends children who are brain tumor survivors to camp, and gives college scholarships to students who have been affected by brain tumors.
Swingtime offers participants numerous activities to be a part of including a Round-Robin Tennis Pro-Am and Tennis Exhibition at The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort, a Golf Pro-Am Tournament at Olde Cypress, and "An Evening With The Stars" Swingtime Gala presented by Allen Systems Group at Naples Grande Resort & Club. All of these activities provide Swingtime patrons with the opportunity to hobnob with the many professional athletes and celebrities that take part in the weekend.
Tickets for Saturday's tennis exhibition, which begins at 1 p.m. cost $75 for a Box Seat ($67.50 for USTA members) and $40 for a General Admission Seat ($36 for USTA members). Box seat packages are also available for $400 and include four box seat tickets, two parking passes and a listing in the Event Program.
Also available are individual tickets for the Swingtime Gala presented by ASG for $250, while sponsoring a table of 10 costs $2500. There are many other packages available for not only the tennis exhibition, but to take part in the tennis pro-am and/or golf pro-am tournament.
For tennis exhibition tickets, call TicketMaster at 239-334-3309.
For more information about Swingtime and how to attend the Swingtime Gala or participate in the Tennis Pro-am and/or Golf Pro-Am Tournament, call C & H Events, Inc. at 649-7171 or 561-394-9190 or visit www.chevents.com
. For information on the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation please visit their Web site at gulliksonfoundation.org.