BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The FineMark Tour Players Tennis Classic, scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23 at Bonita Bay Club, provides tennis fans with the chance to see – and play – 19 of the world’s top touring tennis professionals, while helping Barbara’s Friends - The Golisano Children’s Hospital cancer fund.
Friday evening’s Champions Team Match will feature two five-pro teams competing in five sets using the World Team Tennis format. Tickets are $85 per person and include a courtside dinner, two drinks, a silent auction and the “Access Book” with discounted golf, tennis and dining privileges at Southwest Florida private clubs. For details, reservations and more information, call 239-343-6950, or visit www.tourplayerstennisclassic.com.
The 19 tennis pros gathering at Bonita Bay Club claim 96 Grand Slam championships, eight were ranked No. 1 in the world, and four – Fred Stolle, Owen Davidson, Roy Emerson and Gigi Fernandez – are in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Scheduled to play in the Friday evening matches are team captains Fernandez and Rick Leach, joined by Scott Davis, David Pate, Mikael Pernfors, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Kimberly Po, Don Johnson, Jessica Steck and Jesse Witten.
Other former touring pros joining in Saturday’s tennis clinics, a pro-am competition, a Kids Cup Challenge for pediatric cancer survivors and a gala dinner dance are Katrina Adams, Thomas Blake, Colin Dibley, Murphy Jensen, JoAnne Russell and Dick Stockton.
“This will be the sixth year Bonita Bay Club members have organized this tennis weekend that has raised more than $858,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital and brings some of the biggest names in tennis to Southwest Florida,” said Floyd Robinson, who co-chairs the event with fellow Bonita Bay resident Pat Valva.
All event proceeds will be matched by the generosity of B. Thomas Golisano, who has established a $20 million matching grant for all gifts received for the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Capital Campaign. The hospital, located within HealthPark Medical Center, is the only facility of its kind between Tampa and Miami, dedicated to giving children and teenagers the highest level of medical and surgical care available.
The tournament site is the Bonita Bay Club Tennis Center, which has 18 Har-Tru courts and is located in Bonita Bay, at the corner of West Terry Street and U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs