Tennis stars light up Cayman

The fourth annual Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Charity Tennis Weekend delivered another memorable mix of fun and fantasy for tennis fans. The pro-am tournament, held on the Ritz-Carlton’s clay courts, allowed local players to rub their tennis elbows with several stars, including Australian Open singles champion Peter Korda, French Open and Australian Open doubles champ Justin Gimelstob, and supercoach Nick Bollettieri. There were plenty of on-court antics but it was obvious that the players-both pros and amateurs-still wanted wins.

The Charity Weekend is not only about good fun and great tennis, however. It serves as an important fundraiser for the Cayman Crisis Center, an organization focused on combatting domestic abuse in the Cayman Islands and assisting victims.

Michael Ryan, the event’s organizer, says the Cayman Crisis Center is engaged in a vital effort to improve society and deserves as much community support as possible.

The Charity Tennis Weekend was launched on Friday evening with a silent auction that raised thousands of dollars for the Crisis Center. Among the items bid on were tennis equipment, scholarships to the prestigious Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, a Jaguar (car), and a puppy (small furry mammal).

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