Friday, 25 September 2009 00:00
The 2nd annual Alan King Pro-Am tennis tournament benefiting the Wheelchair Sports Federation was held at The Wildwood Pool & Tennis Club in Great Neck on Sunday, Aug. 30. The event was a great success with more than 700 people attending throughout the day. The event was again hosted by Morris S. Levy, who brought the tournament to Wildwood last year from the New Jersey shore, where it was held the prior five years.
The tournament chairman was former professional tennis player Peter Fishbach, and Russell Heier, the head pro at Wildwood, was tournament director. Such pros as Guillermo Vilas, Peter Fleming, Andres Gomez, Aaron Krickstein, Robert Seguso, Ken Flach, Luke Jensen, Bob Lutz, Rosie Casals, Virginia Wade, and Gigi Fernandez were among the 20 pros who participated.
The day’s highlight came at noon when Jimmy Connors showed up, took pictures, signed autographs and hit some balls with people for charity. Connors and Gomez also hit with the world’s No. 1 junior wheelchair sports tennis player in America, Dylan Levine.
The day raised over $15,000 for the charity, with the winning team of Robert Segura and Andy Sandler for the men’s, and Marcie Zeitlin and Gigi Fernandez for the women’s taking home the top prizes. All in all, it was a great day and the lead sponsors of the event, Donna Bernstein and Kenny Hankinson, have committed for the event for the next four years. Thanks to them and the rest of the team for another great tournament. See you next year.