Star Studded Lineup to Take the Court in Delray Beach

by | Jan 5, 2016 | Go + Do, Sports

Ever wondered what some of Hollywood’s biggest stars look like in person? Or perhaps how good of an athlete some of them are?
 
   The Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic hosted by Chris Evert takes place November 20-22 in Delray Beach.
 
   The event benefits The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, which raises money for campaigns against drug abuse and child neglect of Florida’s children.
 
   The event started in 1989, the same year Chris Evert retired from a historical tennis career. The charity raised over $350,000 during the inaugural event.
 
   This tennis event, in its 26th year, kicks off Friday at Boca Raton Resort.  The pro-am event allows people to play alongside celebrities and professionals. The Tennis Pro-Am pit top tennis pros and celebrities against tennis enthusiasts where they get tips from the pros and high fives from the celebrities.
 
   Celebrities scheduled to appear this year include Alan Thicke (Growing Pains, How I Met Your Mother), Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately, Girls Behaving Badly), David Cook (Singer), Dennis Miller (Dennis Miller Live, Saturday Night Live), Gavin Rossdale (Lead singer “Bush”), Jason Biggs (American Pie, American Reunion), Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live, The Producers), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy), Vanilla Ice (Singer) and Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood, Justified).
 
   Pro tennis players planning to attend the event include 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert, former No. 1 tennis champion with 18 Grand Slam titles, Martina Navrattilova, 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist and television analyst Pam Shriver and 1993 French Open doubles champion, Murphy Jensen.
 
   The tennis event will be capped off with an elegant gala that includes dinner, dancing, silent and live auction and music by the 5th Dimension.
 
   The event is open to the public, with tickets ranging from $20 for the pro/celebrity exhibition to $2,500 for an opportunity to play a few sets with the pros and celebrities.
 
   For tickets or information, go to www.chrisevert.org or call (561) 394-2400.

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