ADP Tennis Academy hosts a variety of Pro-Am events. Past events included a Fantasy Celebrity Adult & Junior Tennis Camp with former 2 Time Australian Open singles winner Johan Kriek and other former top Professional players. The event raised funds for the Underprivileged tennis kids in Haiti, The Harvest food bank and the South African National Junior team match vs Junior Team Louisiana.
Past celebrities have included:
* Johan Kriek Former 2 time Australian Open Champ in Singles, Former top 10 ATP player, Semi-finalist at the French and US Open, #1 Player on the ATP Champions Tour, Won the Senior Wimbledon Title 4 times in a row, Wins over Agassi, Borg, Connors, Edberg, McEnroe and Vilas
* Ronald Agenor Former top 25 player on the ATP Tour in singles, Played Davis Cup for Haiti, Reached the 1/4 finals of the French and lost to Chang in 4 sets, Well Known singer and songwriter and has Albums out, Won one of the segments on the Legends Tour last Year, Had wins over top 10 players
* Ellis Ferreira Former # 1 player in the World in doubles, Won the Australian Open with Leach and All American player at Alabama, Won 18 Career titles on the tour
* Chris Haggard Former top 19 player in the world in doubles, 4 ATP titles and reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open, All American at the University of Tennessee
Excerpt from article reprinted on Tennis Warehouse Tennis Talk Forum “QUITE A RACKET Seles, Navratilova thrill fans in exhibition match for charity at N.O. Arena” September 15, 2007, by Benjamin Hochman
Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles, tennis luminaries, played an exhibition at the New Orleans Arena, where generations of fans united.
“It is just unbelievable seeing them live,” said Abrie Du Plooy, one of the promoters of the event.
Seles won the best-of-three match 2-0, but the estimated 3,000 fans were entertained by the intensity and prowess of Navratilova, 50, and Seles, 30.
The event raised money for American Cancer Society, the New Orleans Recreation Department and New Orleans Recovery School District. Before the match, representatives from NORD presented the players with an official proclamation from Mayor Ray Nagin, which declared Sept. 14 as a day for honoring the tennis legends and their commitment to New Orleans. After the match, the players donated a check to Girls First, a non-profit organization, which provides opportunities to underprivileged girls in New Orleans.
“We hoped to inspire some young kids to pick up a tennis racket,” said Seles, who won nine singles grand slams. “It is such a fun sport. Maybe in 20 years someone from this crowd will be here in our place.”
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