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