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Non-Profit, First Serve Miami, Returns to the Courts On March 21st, 2017

MIAMI. FL. – December 30, 2016 – For the eighth year in a row, First Serve Miami returns to the courts of The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami on March 21st, 2017. At this year’s tournament, participants can expect recognizable tennis champions to return to the clay paving the way to give 24 young players the opportunity to test their skills in a Round Robin qualifying tournament.

Proceeds from the All-Star Charity Tennis Event will support First Serve Miami, an organization that provides youth the opportunity to learn tennis and valuable life skills by participating in free, affordable programs. The programs establish a pathway from beginner through competitive levels and enrich young lives on and off the tennis courts. The organization continues to develop, organize and conduct education, tennis awareness and skills development programs for youth from economically and socially challenged communities in Miami-Dade County with a commitment to helping participants become well-rounded individuals by focusing on character development, self-esteem and academic achievement.

“We are proud to once again host this exciting all-star event in support of such a meaningful organization,” said Mark Ferland, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. “It is of the utmost importance for us to be a part of giving back to our local community and there’s no better way to do so than bringing people together on the tennis courts.”

The annual event lasts from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, exhibition matches with the top stars from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., a pro Round Robin, a “King of the Court” challenge match pitting the pros against the amateur Round Robin winners, and much more. The action is open to the public by reservation and tickets may be purchased by visiting or calling Sue Lopez at The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at (305) 365-4297.

Tickets are as follows:

  • $95 per person provides spectators tickets to view the exhibitions, enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres while they watch all the action.  
  • $750 per person provides entry to a Round Robin tournament, VIP seating, gift bag and court time, as well as participation with Cliff Drysdale, Darren Cahill and top ATP players to qualify for two spots, giving local players the chance of a lifetime to play out points with the leading tennis pros.
  • $1,500 per person provides entry to a Round Robin tournament, guaranteed hitting time against and alongside the top pros, VIP seating, gift bag, and group photo opportunity.
  • $5,000 provides one VIP All Access Pass including one player entry in the Round Robin tournament, 15 minutes of guaranteed playing time against and alongside the top pros, VIP courtside seating, gift bags and individual meet-and-greet photo opportunity.