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Tatiana Lora
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The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove and Fort Lauderdale
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Tatiana.lora@ritzcarlton.com

TO BENEFIT YOUTH-LED, NON-PROFIT TECHO ON MARCH 24th

Miami, Fla. – March 2, 2015 –The 2014 Miami Open men’s and women’s champions return to The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami for the sixth consecutive year in an unprecedented, intimate gathering of the world’s top tennis players. The March 24th, gathering gives just 24 amateur players the opportunity to test their skills in a Round Robin qualifying tournament in which the winners earn a chance to play against and alongside the top professionals.

Led by Grand Slam legend and Hall of Famer Cliff Drysdale, along with Tennis Director Mark Chellas and ESPN tennis analyst Darren Cahill, who all share court time and commentary throughout the event and Round Robin, the all-star lineup features:

  • Kei Nishikori, ranked number five in the world is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 10 in ATP singles ranking. Recently featured on the cover of the January issue of Time Magazine 
  • Serena Williams, currently ranked number one single’s women player in the world and 19 time Grand Slam winner 
  • Chris Evert, former number one singles player in the world and winner of 18 Grand Slams and three doubles titles 
  • Ana Ivanovic, former number one singles player in the world and winner of the French Open 
  • Marion Bartoli, Martina Hingis and Mary Joe Fernandez, along with Latin American pros Santiago Giraldo, Juan (Pico) Monaco and Feliciano Lopez 

The event, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. includes cocktails provided by Finlandia Vodka and Herradura Tequila, wine by Nuestro Tiempo Malbec, passed hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, exhibition matches with the top stars from 5 p.m. to 6 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 is limited. Tickets may be purchased by calling The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at (305) 365-4300 or contacting Mark Chellas at Mark.Chellas@ritzcarlton.com

Tickets are as follows:

  • $90 per person provides spectators tickets to view the exhibitions, quaff champagne and nosh 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 and participation with Drysdale, Chellas, 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. 
  • If nothing less than a sure thing is your style, $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. 

Proceeds from the sixth annual All-Star Charity Tennis Event will support TECHO. TECHO is a 501 (c) 3 youth-led non-profit organization that seeks to overturn poverty in disadvantaged areas of Latin America by linking volunteers with local community leaders to transform slums into empowered communities. TECHO operates in 19 Latin American countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Through community development programs, TECHO aims to create a poverty-free world. For more information visit www.techo.org/us

WANT THE ULTIMATE TENNIS VACATION?
For any tennis lover’s dream, book the Ultimate Tennis Dream package that includes airport transfers; Champagne upon arrival; welcome amenity; VIP access to the All-Star Tennis Charity Event on March 18th with guaranteed hitting time and meet-n-greet with the top pros; overnight accommodations in an oceanfront suite; breakfast daily; adult tennis clinic for two; one house private tennis lesson for two; and box seats to the Miami Open for two. Rates starting from $5,999. Valid March 23rd through March 27th, 2015. For reservations, please contact the hotel directly at (305) 365-4582.

The I Love Tennis package provides guests with overnight accommodations; breakfast daily; complimentary shuttle round trip from Crandon Tennis Center to resort; welcome amenity; meet-n-greet with Hall of Famer, Cliff Drysdale; tennis clinic for two daily and private tennis lesson for two daily. Rates starting from $1,099. Valid March 23rd through March 27th, 2015. For reservations, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/keybiscayne or call (305) 365-4500.