ITHF Benefit Auction Serves up Unique Items and Experiences

September 1, 2009

NEW YORK, NY — Guests attending the 29th annual Legends Ball on September 11th at Cipriani (42nd Street in New York City) will rub elbows with tennis royalty, honor the greats of the game and have the opportunity to support the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum by participating in a live and silent auction. More than 50 unique items will be on the block including; signed racquets from Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, VIP ticket packages to three of the 2010 Grand Slam events, a luncheon with Hall of Famer Tony Trabert and a hit session with fellow Hall of Famer Jim Courier.

All proceeds from the live and silent auctions, which will be hosted by Sotheby’s auctioneer Benjamin Doller, will benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Tickets to the Legends Ball are still available.

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Tickets and Travel to Championship Tennis Events

A trip for two to Paris to sit courtside for the finals of the 2010 French Open; a 6-seat box for opening night at the 2010 US Open; a ticket package to the semifinals, finals and end-of-year player party at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Championships-Doha; 2-tickets to the 2010 BNP Paribas Open finals at Indian Wells; a Monte Carlo Tennis package including VIP tickets and lodging for opening weekend; a pair of VIP courtside tickets and access to the player party at the 2010 Billie Jean King Cup at Madison Square Garden.

More Than Just Tennis?

No matter your game, there is something for everyone. Golf fans can bid on four tickets to the sold out 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach or rounds of golf at private courses Trump National in New Jersey and Stanwich National in Connecticut. Sports fans can experience: a Yankees VIP package including an autographed jersey from Derek Jeter; 3-tickets to the Daytona 500; 4-tickets to The Brickyard; 2-tickets to the Reebok Suite for a 2009 New England Patriots game; 4-tickets to a 2009-10 Washington Capitals game and an autographed jersey from NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin; 2-tickets in the owners seats for a 2009-10 Boston Celtics game plus hotel and dinner in the owner’s lounge. Sports memorabilia collectors can own a signed racquet from Maria Sharapova; or an autographed photo collection from Michael Baz featuring the 2009 Grand Slam winners.

Exotic Vacation Packages

Guests can also bid on a variety of vacation packages including: 2-nights in a Beachfront Suite at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club; 2-nights at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa; 3-nights in the Royal Tower Terrace at The Atlantis in Paradise Island; 5-nights in a 2-bedroom apartment in Paris; 2-nights at the Four Seasons resort; a weekend getaway at the Three Stallion Inn in Vermont.

Only in New York

The Legends Ball auction is also full of special New York items including; 4-tickets to the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; two first-circle New York City Ballet tickets; an internship with TENNIS Magazine and/or Sotheby’s; a 6-month all-access membership to CityView Racquet Club in Long Island City; dinner for two at the Black Duck Bistro at the Park South Hotel; one month of fresh cooked food delivery from Zone Manhattan; and a one-hour home massage by the masseuse team of Trushu and Kaaran.

The Legends Ball, held annually since 1980, brings the tennis world together to celebrate the history of the game and honor some of the sport’s great contributors all while raising money for the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. The special night of celebration, hosted by ABC-TV’s Robin Roberts, will also honor a bevy of tennis luminaries and the Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2009 – Donald L. Dell, Andres Gimeno, the late Dr. Robert Johnson and nine-time Grand Slam Champion Monica Seles. In addition, Tennis Channel will be presented with the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Award while the Eugene L. Scott Award will be presented to the late Arthur Ashe and his wife Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or to learn more about the event, call 212-843-1740 or e-mail [email protected]. The mission of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, based in Newport, RI, is to preserve the history of tennis, inspire and encourage junior tennis development, enshrine tennis heroes and heroines and provide a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide.