Match for a Cure attracts tennis legends

May 8, 2012

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — The Omni Amelia Island Plantation and BP Sports and Entertainment present “Match for a Cure,” an afternoon of tennis at the resort’s Racquet Park at 4 p.m. on May 6, featuring tennis greats Chris Evert, Mats Wilander, Todd Martin, Tracy Austin and Ashley Harkleroad. Headlining the event is a slate of mixed doubles pairing Martin and Harkelroad against Wilander and Austin, with Evert officiating the match in the umpire’s chair – all while supporting the March of Dimes and the Miracle Match Foundation.

The event also features an “Ultimate Miracle Match,” placing Martin against Miracle Match Foundation founder, leukemia survivor and tennis professional, Bill Przybysz. Additional attractions include beginner and advanced clinics with the tennis greats from noon-2 p.m., followed by a special pre-match cocktail reception with the players. VIP ticket holders and sponsors are invited to attend the cocktail reception that will feature a question-and-answer session with the players, as well as opportunities for autographs and pictures.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at All general admission seats are $45, courtside seats are $65 and courtside VIP tickets, including courtside seats and admission to a pre-match cocktail reception with players, are $150. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this special one-night event. For more information, please contact Greta Hass, Dittoe Public Relations, at (317) 202-2280 x18.

Nestled at the tip of Northeast Florida’s barrier island, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation – a top 50 U.S. tennis resort, according to Tennis Magazine – has hosted tennis legends like the Williams sisters, Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova. Tucked under canopied oaks, Racquet Park includes 23 Har-Tru® fast-dry clay courts, three of which are lighted for night play and professional instruction from Cliff Drysdale Tennis.

For more information on the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, call (800) The-Omni or visit

About the Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Beginning a new chapter in its nearly 40-year heritage, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is undergoing an extensive re-imagination project. As Florida’s award-winning island destination, the resort is recognized for offering a luxury resort experience in perfect harmony with nature, rich in recreational activities. The certified Green Lodging Destination is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, lush marshlands and the Intracoastal Waterway, located just north of Jacksonville, Fla. Situated on the 1,350-acres of the Amelia Island Plantation, the property offers three-and-a-half miles of wide, uncrowded beaches; 49,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; 54 holes of championship golf; 23 Har-Tru® tennis courts; award-winning recreation programs; a shopping village with restaurants, boutiques and gift shops as well as the nature-inspired signature spa; a state-of-the-art fitness center; nine culinary options ranging from casual to fine dining; kids camps; and numerous activities for adventurers including water sports, horseback riding, walking, hiking and Segway tours. With 249 guest rooms in the oceanfront resort, the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation Resort offer 300 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with ocean, golf or resort views.

About the Miracle Match Foundation

In 1997, the Miracle Match Foundation was established in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by tennis pro Bill Przybysz after he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Currently, the Foundation provides funding for donor registration programs, hospitality suites and research facilities. For more information, visit

About BP Sports and Entertainment, LLC

BP Sports and Entertainment (BPS&E), LLC. is a production company that produces and manages high profile entertainment events. BPS&E has been contracted by the Miracle Match Foundation to manage its fundraising activities and charitable events.

About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or For more information about March for Babies, go to