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World No. 1 Andy Roddick Faces James Blake at Swingtime Swingtime Benefit`s the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation

Posted on: 12/01/2003

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Contact: Michele Cope December 1, 2003
(561) 394-9190

World No. 1 Andy Roddick Faces James Blake at Swingtime Swingtime Benefit's the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation

(West Palm Beach, FL) – The world’s No. 1 tennis player Andy Roddick will face James Blake during the Tennis Exhibition at Swingtime--A Pro-Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis & Golf Tournament--Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation. Swingtime’s Tennis Exhibition is scheduled for Saturday December 13, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The exhibition will also feature former No. 1 single’s players, Chris Evert and Stan Smith, plus former doubles No. 1 Corina Morariu. The exhibition includes Mixed Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Men’s Doubles and a singles match. The schedule is as follows:

Tom Gullikson/Chris Evert vs. Stan Smith/Kathy Rinaldi (One Set)

Mary Joe Fernandez/Lori McNeil vs. Corina Morariu/Brenda Schultz-McCarthy (One Set)

Todd Martin/Vince Spadea vs. Mardy Fish/Aaron Krickstein (One Set)

Andy Roddick vs. James Blake (Pro-Set to 8 Games, win by 2)

In addition to the exhibition, Swingtime has a Tennis Pro-Am, the Swingtime Gala presented by Andy M. Custer & Associates, and a shotgun Golf Pro-Am Tournament. This year’s Swingtime Gala will be hosted by actress Robin Givens and CBS Sports’ Brett Haber featuring a performance by the Valerie Tyson Band and a special vocal and piano performance by Tim Gullikson’s son, Erik Gullikson.

Swingtime will be hosted by Tom Gullikson and additional confirmed celebrities include tennis stars Jim Courier, Olympians Bob Beamon and Andy Mill, LPGA player Michelle McGann, actor James McDaniel and actress Tava Smiley.

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.

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The 5th annual event 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 official host sponsor is Ibis Golf & Country Club. Official Sponsors include: Adelphia Media Services, Clear Channel - Palm Beach, Hilton Singer Island – Oceanfront Resort, JetBlue Airways, Nike, The Palm Beach Post, RADO, Tennis Week and Wachovia. This year’s Swingtime Gala will be held at Ibis Golf & Country Club and is sponsored by Andy M. Custer & Associates.

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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