| By Peter Fishbach

 The Annual Alan King Pro-Am Tennis Tournament was a great success and raised more than $11,000 for its designated beneficiary, the Wheelchair Sports Federation. Held on Aug. 30 at the Wildwood Pool & Tennis Club in Great Neck, N.Y., the day turned out better than anyone could have expected thanks to the unexpected arrival of a very special guest.

A surprise appearance by legend Jimmy Connors added much to the excitement of the day. Connors spent the afternoon signing autographs and hitting with a number of the generous benefactors.
Tennis greats such as Guillermo Vilas, Andres Gomez, Peter Fleming, Virginia Wade and Rosie Casals participated in the Pro-Am, along with 15 other stars who have won numerous Grand Slam titles.
Dylan Levine, the number one-ranked junior wheelchair player in the country, played with Connors, and then participated in a center court exhibition with Gomez.
The Women’s Pro-Am event was won by Marcie Zeitlin (and pro partner Lori McNeil), defeating Jennifer Menist and pro Gigi Fernandez.
In the men’s final, Andrew Sandler teamed with Robert Seguso to defeat Sammy Tawil and Rick Leach.
Morris S. Levy was once again the perfect host, ensuring that spectators and amateur players who attended and participated enjoyed an up-close experience with some of the greatest tennis players of all-time.
Tournament Chairman Peter Fishbach was very pleased the quality of pros he was able to recruit. Many were multiple Grand Slam Champions.
  • Women pros: Virginia Wade, Rosie Casals, Lori McNeil, Gigi Fernandez and Ilana Kloss
  • Men pros: Guillermo Vilas, Andres Gomez, Peter Fleming, Jimmy Arias, Robert Seguso, Ken Flach, Aaron Krickstein, Christo VanRensburg, Bob Lutz, Eddie Dibbs, Ross Case, Gene Mayer, Dick Stockton, Rick Leach and Luke Jensen.
Special thanks to the Wildwood Swim & Tennis Club for hosting the event. Wildwood’s tennis pro, Russell Heier, directed all of the on-site activities and ensured that the matches ran smoothly. In the coming months, be sure to look for details on the 2010 Alan King Pro-Am Tennis Tournament.


Peter Fishbach

<p>Peter Fishbach is Alan King Pro-Am Tennis Tournament Chairman. He may be reached by e-mail at p.fishbach@yahoo.com.</p>