Betty White Coming to Farmers Classic

June 24, 2011

LOS ANGELES — The Farmers Classic, presented by Mercedes-Benz, is proud to present “An Evening with Betty White” on July 22 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The event will be hosted by actress Wendie Malick and will allow fans to hear the comedy of White along with her thoughts on her eight-decade career.

This unique opportunity to spend an evening with a true star and America’s sweetheart will happen just days before the 2011 Farmers Classic, presented by Mercedes-Benz, takes place July 25-31 at the LA Tennis Center on UCLA’s campus featuring ATP World Tour stars Juan Martin del Potro, Mardy Fish, Fernando Gonzalez, Marcos Baghdatis, James Blake and Lleyton Hewitt, among others.

“An Evening with Betty White” will be an extraordinary one-night only event that will feature an entertaining and insightful discussion and personal question and answer period along with a memorable video retrospective of her career — from her role as Sue Ann Nivens on the Mary Tyler Moore show, Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls to her hysterical appearance as host of Saturday Night Live and her current starring role on the hit show “Hot in Cleveland” as Elka Ostrovsky.

Malick co-stars with White on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland,” playing the role of Victoria Chase. Previous roles include Nina Van Horn on “Just Shoot Me!” and as Judith Tupper Stone on “Dream On.” Malick has appeared in many other TV series while also starring in many movies for television, feature films and off Broadway productions.

A limited VIP ticket is also available that includes a pre-event reception as well as the best seats in historic Royce Hall. All tickets for “An Evening with Betty White” are on sale now through Ticketmaster or by calling 310-825-2101.

“We’re very happy to once again augment our historic tennis tournament with great entertainment for our fans,” said tournament director Bob Kramer. “Betty White is a comedy legend, and to see her in an intimate setting like Royce Hall is an incredible opportunity. It will certainly be a lighthearted way to kick off our 2011 tournament.”

When the 85th annual tournament begins on Monday, July 25, it will feature an international field with wide ranging success. del Potro, who won the 2008 Farmers Classic, is the 2009 US Open Champion. Hewitt owns a US Open and Wimbledon title in his career that includes at stint ranked No. 1. Top-ranked American Fish will be joined by his countryman Blake, and a pair of former Australian Open finalists Baghdatis and Gonzalez will also join the field.

The Farmers Classic, presented by Mercedes-Benz, is an Olympus US Open Series and ATP World Tour event. It will once again be played to benefit the programs of the Southern California Tennis Association. In 2010, the tournament and associated special events raised more than $500,000 for the SCTA and other charities.

Season tickets, mini-plans and individual sessions for the 85th annual Farmers Classic presented by Mercedes-Benz are on sale now. Tickets for the whole week or through Ticketmaster. More information can be found at or by calling (310) 824 -1010 ext. 251.


The Farmers Classic, presented by Mercedes-Benz, has been played every year since 1927, making it the longest-running annual professional sporting event in Los Angeles. Played since 1984 at the LA Tennis Center on the campus of UCLA, the tournament is part of the Olympus US Open Series, the six-week summer tennis season linking 10 ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour events to the US Open, culminating each week with back-to-back men’s and womens finals every Sunday afternoon. Players battle for $40 million, including a chance for bonus prize money at the US Open. Proceeds from the Farmers Classic Presented by Mercedes-Benz benefit the grassroots programs of the non-profit Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) and UCLA. The SCTA offers programs, leagues, and tournaments involving 300,000 juniors and 50,000 adults and seniors. Information on tickets and the tournament can be found at or by calling 310-824-1010.


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