Second-annual 'Raise a Racquet' fundraiser is a smashing success

Chris Evert and Bob and Mike Bryan at the 2019 'Raise a Racquet' fundraiser.
August 23, 2019 03:45 PM

The second-annual 'Raise a Racquet' fundraiser kicked off US Open Fan Week in style for the USTA Foundation.

Co-sponsored by USTAF Advisory Board member Marty Mann and US Open broadcaster ESPN at the Town Tennis Club in Manhattan, the event raised $82,000 in net revenue in support of the organization's mission to bring tennis and education together and change the lives of youth nationwide.

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In front of over 125 attendees, a Q&A with featured guests Chris Evert, 18-time Grand Slam champion and Hall of Famer and USTAF Chairperson, and all-time greats Bob and Mike Bryan, hosted by ESPN's Mike Greenberg, kept everyone laughing.

In addition, New York City-based Excellence Team students from the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program (HJTEP) and the Bronx-based New York Junior Tennis and Learning (NYJTL) showed off their skills and played exhibition matches, in partnership with co-sponsor SPEAR Physical Therapy.

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Following a lively, live auction, which included the opportunity to win a hit with both Evert and the Bryan brothers, the twins announced a $15,000 gift from their namesake Bryan Bros. Foundation to the USTA Foundation.

To see more photos from the 2019 'Raise a Racquet' event, click here.

 

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