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Women’s Tennis to be Featured in West Palm Beach Amanda Coetzer, Chanda Rubin and Corina Morariu Commit to Swingtime

Posted on: 12/07/2002

Contact: Michele Cope
(561) 394-9190

Women’s Tennis to be Featured in West Palm Beach Amanda Coetzer, Chanda Rubin and Corina Morariu Commit to Swingtime

(West Palm Beach, FL) – Top women’s tennis players Amanda Coetzer, Chanda Rubin and Corina Morariu will compete in the Tennis Exhibition at Swingtime--A Pro-Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis & Golf Tournament--Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation (TTGF). Swingtime returns to Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, FL, December 14-15, 2002.

All three women have been ranked in the Top 10 in singles and/or doubles during their careers. Morariu, of Boca Raton, provided one of the year’s most inspirational stories after returning to the professional tour 14 months after being diagnosed with leukemia.

The Tennis Exhibition, with four feature matches, begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. Joining Coetzer, Rubin and Morariu for a doubles match will be Mary Joe Fernandez. Other matches include Andy Roddick competing against a challenger to be named in singles and Event Host and TTGF Chairman Tom Gullikson, Board Members Jim Courier and Todd Martin, MaliVai Washington, Aaron Krickstein, Stan Smith, Kathy Rinaldi and Carling Bassett-Seguso competing in two additional matches.

In addition to these pros, other celebrities participating include tennis champs Chris Evert, Cliff Drysdale, Jenny Hopkins and Vince Spadea; NFL Hall of Famer Paul Warfield and Olympic track legend Bob Beamon.

Swingtime also features tennis stars and other celebrities playing with and against amateurs in tennis and golf, plus a dinner party with all the celebrities.

The annual event, which is in its fourth year, has raised revenues and significantly increased awareness of the Foundation’s mission – to assist brain-tumor patients and their families manage the physical, emotional and social challenges presented by the illness. The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation was founded in 1995 by Tim Gullikson, former tennis professional and coach of Pete Sampras, and his identical twin brother, Tom Gullikson, a former tennis professional, coach and captain of the United States Davis Cup team. Tim was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1995 and lost his battle with the illness in 1996 at the age of 44.

Swingtime is managed by C & H Events of Boca Raton. The official host sponsor is Ibis Golf & Country Club. Official Sponsors include: Braman Motorcars, Adelphia Media Services, Clear Channel - Palm Beach, The Palm Beach Post, BIOLASE Technology/Glenn A. MacFarlane D.M.D., Wachovia, Tennis Week, Nike and The Ritz-Carlton – Palm Beach. This year’s Saturday Evening Dinner Party will be held at Ibis Golf & Country Club and is sponsored by Custer & Jefferson.

Tickets for the Tennis Exhibition are $50.00 for Box Seats and $30.00 for a General Admission Ticket. To order tickets and for information phone C & H Events at (561) 394-9190 or TicketMaster at (561) 966-3309.

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