| By Gary Simeone

A fundraising Pro-Am for the USPTA was held at Sportime Kings Park Sunday night featuring some of Long Island's top professional and amateur players. Eight pros and eight amateurs teamed up for high-level doubles play in a round robin format to raise money for the USPTA's Eastern Section.

"It's four hours of doubles tennis for a good cause," said event coordinator and USPTA pro, Russell Heier. "It's also a networking and educational event for both our local pros and amateurs."

Prizes and gifts were awarded to the winners by Head, Donnay and Prince racquet companies.

Andrew Chan (Pro) and Alon Benvesisti (Amateur) were the overall winners. Second place went to Russell Heier (Pro) and Ed Weiss (Amateur).

President of the USTA Eastern Division, Joe Roediger, said that the whole event was great for social networking. "Each pro teamed up with an amateur and they played seven rounds of good, competitive doubles. It was a great way for the players to meet up and get to know one another and maybe learn some new things."

Jason Wass, director of tennis at Sportime Kings Park, said, "I thought everything went well, and it was a really good event. Everyone had a good time which is most important. It is always nice to host high-level competition at Sportime Kings Park, and we look forward to more evenings such as this."

As an added benefit to those involved, each of the amateur players got a free membership to the USTA courtesy of the USPTA.



Gary Simeone

<p>&nbsp;Gary Simeone is writing intern/public relations associate for <em>Long Island Tennis Magazine</em>.</p>