Ball’s in your court

The Andy Rod­dick Foun­da­tion Char­ity Week­end serves up the best in ten­nis.

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The Andy Rod­dick Foun­da­tion is thrilled to an­nounce that Venus Wil­liams will be join­ing Andy and Bob and Mike Bryan for a char­ity ten­nis ex­hi­bi­tion on Dec. 7.

The 2008 Wim­ble­don Cham­pion is cur­rently ranked sixth in the world and has 39 ca­reer ti­tles to date. Venus, who cur­rently re­sides in Palm Beach Gar­dens has a gen­uine phil­an­thropic spirit, and has par­tic­i­pated in past Andy Rod­dick Foun­da­tion Char­ity Week­ends.

On Dec. 6, Andy will be at the Polo Club Boca Ra­ton for his an­nual gala, fea­tur­ing both live and si­lent auc­tions. Satur­day night’s fes­tiv­i­ties will in­clude John Ekin, a ma­gi­cian at the White House for spe­cial events. Charles Fazz­ino, 3-D pop artist, will also be per­form­ing. Sun­day’s event be­gins with nine lucky peo­ple hav­ing the chance to play pro-am dou­bles with some of the world’s top ranked ten­nis play­ers. At 11:30 a.m. fam­i­lies can en­joy Andy’s sig­na­ture free kid’s zone, which will in­clude sumo-wrestling, a bounce house, a rock climb­ing wall, ten­nis ac­tiv­i­ties, mu­sic and more. At 1 p.m., a pro-celebrity ten­nis ex­hi­bi­tion will take place fol­lowed by a chance to re­turn Andy’s record break­ing 155 mph serve.

De­war’s 12 will be the Grand Slam Spon­sor. Ad­di­tional spon­sors cur­rently in­clude Sun Sen­tinel, MSE Events & Pure En­ergy En­ter­tain­ment Group, Pan­era Bread, Com­mer­cial Florida Realty Ad­vi­sors, Inc., Gre­gory’s Fine Jew­elry, Crys­tal Art As­so­ci­ates, La­coste, Rolex, ATP Tour, USTA, BEST and Babo­lat.

Ad­vanced reser­va­tions for all events are re­quired and seat­ing is lim­ited.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-620-9449 or visit www.andyrod­

Andy Rod­dick and Venus Wil­liams

Photo sub­mit­ted

Andy Rod­dick, cen­ter, with Bob and Mike Bryan Photo sub­mit­ted

Andy Rod­dick’s mother Blanche Rod­dick, left, and di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment Jeanne Bran­der

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