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Andy Roddick Returns to Ibis the US Open Champion For Swingtime: Benefiting The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation

Posted on: 09/24/2003

Contact: Michele Cope
(561) 394-9190

Andy Roddick Returns to Ibis the US Open Champion For Swingtime: Benefiting The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation

(West Palm Beach, FL) - Andy Roddick first visited Ibis in 2000 when he took part in Swingtime as a promising junior tennis player from Boca Raton. This December 13-14, Andy will return to Ibis as the reigning US Open Champion and will again help raise funds for the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation.

Andy captured his first Grand Slam title just a few days after his 21st birthday winning a straight set victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero. This victory culminated a successful summer season. Following the French Open, Andy switched coaches and has enjoyed a 37-2 record since. His only remaining goal for this year is to end the tennis season ranked No. 1 in the world, which he could achieve prior to his visit to Ibis in December.

During Swingtime, Roddick will take part in a Tennis Pro-Am and Tennis Exhibition, where he will face one of America's other rising tennis stars James Blake. Other participants joining Event Host Tom Gullikson include tennis stars Chris Evert, Stan Smith, Jim Courier, Todd Martin, Mary Joe Fernandez, Mardy Fish, Justin Gimelstob, Corina Morariu, Kathy Rinaldi, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Aaron Krickstein, Cliff Drysdale, Olympians Bob Beamon and Andy Mill, former Major Leaguers Jeff Reardon and Bill Gullickson, former NFL quarterback George Mira, EXTRA Correspondent Tava Smiley, and CBS Sports' Brett Haber.

Making her debut at Swingtime is 16-year-old Carly Gullickson. Carly is currently making the transition from a successful junior career to a full-time professional player. This year at the age of 16, she became the youngest American to represent the United States in tennis at the Pan Am Games where she reached the quarterfinals. She made her Grand Slam debut at this year's Wimbledon where she won three matches in the qualifying tournament to reach the main draw. Her success this year earned her a wild card to compete in the US Open. Based on this success, Swingtime may just have another future US Open champion playing on the courts at Ibis.

In addition to a Tennis Pro-Am and Tennis Exhibition, Swingtime features the Swingtime Gala presented by Andy M. Custer & Associates and a shotgun Golf Tournament. Swingtime offers participants an interactive format to play with and against the celebrities in a relaxed and casual atmosphere, plus the opportunity to join them for a fun evening at Ibis for the Swingtime Gala. The Swingtime Gala includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and dancing. The Sunshine Network will televise a highlight program across the state that will showcase Swingtime as one of the state's top charity celebrity events.

Swingtime has raised nearly $300,000 in revenue and, more importantly, has significantly increased awareness of the Foundation’s mission – to assist brain-tumor patients and their families in managing 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 new official hotel of the Event is the Hilton Singer Island - Oceanfront Resort. Ibis Golf & Country Club is the official host sponsor of Swingtime. This year’s Swingtime Gala will be held at Ibis and is sponsored by Andy M. Custer Associates. Official sponsors include: Braman Motorcars, Adelphia Media Services, Clear Channel – Palm Beach, The Palm Beach Post, Wachovia, Tennis Week, JetBlue Airways and Nike.

Tennis exhibition tickets, pro-am spots, Swingtime Gala invitations and sponsorships are available by calling C & H Events at (561) 394-9190. ###

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