| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Jennifer Pottheiser

While U.S. Open action heated up on court for Finals weekend, the tennis industry went glam off the court at the premier social event during the U.S. Open, the 31st Annual Legends Ball. Tennis legends, celebrity tennis fans, industry executives and VIPs honored the heroes of the game and celebrated its history to benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum on Sept. 7 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

The event featured a tribute to the Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012, including Jennifer Capriati and Guga Kuerten. In addition, Hall of Famer Billie Jean King presented the Eugene L. Scott Award to Chris Evert. Hosted by Liz Claman, of Fox Business Network. the more than 500 guests included a dozen hall of famers like Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Capriati, Evert, Billie Jean King, Stan Smith, Keurten and Donald Dell plus celebrity tennis fans like singers Aaron Neville, Felix Caveliere,Vanessa Carlton as well as NBA star Mike Dunleavy and more.

An auction included more than 50 items including golf and tennis vacations, lessons from tennis hall of famers and vacation packages to Grand Slam tournaments. 

Credit the following photos to Adam Wolfthal

Chris Evert and her sons at the 31st Annual Legends Ball in New York City

 

Mike Dunleavy of the Milwaukee Bucks (second from left) with guests

 

Credit the following photos to Jennifer Pottheiser

 

 

Singer Vanessa Carlton with Legends Ball co-Chair and Hollywood producer Todd Traina and his wife Katie

 

 

NBA star Mike Dunleavy of the Milwaukee Bucks

 

 

ATP Tour star James Blake and his fiancee Emily Snider

 

 

Singer Aaron Neville provided the entertainment along with Felix Caveliere best known for the song of "It's Beautiful Morning"

 

 

Former WTA star Eva Majoli with Jennifer Capriati and her father Stefano

 

 

Shari and John Vegosen (Chairman of the Board of the USTA) with Chris Evert

 

 

2012 Hall of Fame inductee Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten

 

 

Hall of Fame President Stan Smith with Fox Business Network's Liz Claman who emceed the Legends Ball