Courtside Racquet Club in Lebanon, N.J. will host a group of tennis pros and personalities when the Condor Capital Charity Open kicks off Tuesday night. The event will mix together a clinic, Pro-Am, meet-and-greet, and a restaging of the iconic Battle of the Sexes match, which featured Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs playing in front a worldwide audience of 50 million.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Bruce Levine, Courtside’s General Manager. “Events like this always have a great atmosphere and make for a really nice night.”
It won’t be seen by the entire world, but anyone attending Tuesday charity event can certainly expect a show.
Luke Jensen, Christina McHale, Alison Riske, Jimmy Arias and Katrina Adams will be on hand to take part in a clinic, a Pro-Am, a meet and greet, and a battle of the sexes. The battle of the sexes lines up Riske – a rising American star who is currently No. 58 in the world – with Jensen. Jensen is a former French Open doubles champ and the current women’s coach at Syracuse.
The battle of the sexes match is a chance to revisit history, when King defeated Riggs in front of a packed crowd at the Houston Astrodome.
Courtside Racquet Club is no stranger to pro tennis, previously hosting events with players as well-known as the Bryan Brothers. But that doesn’t make hosting the event an easy task. As Levine explains it, the night takes weeks upon weeks of planning and prepping.
“All of the pieces have to come together,” Levine said. “From the players’ transportation and lodging to setting up the auction and renting the bleachers, it all takes time. It’s an ongoing process that started a while ago, and now it’s really heating up as we get closer and closer.”
In addition to the on-court action, the Condor Capital Charity Open has a variety of activities scheduled, including an auction with autographed racquets, art, and other items. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Children’s Development Center at Hunterdon Medical Center, the Hunterdon YMCA, and the National Eating Disorders Association.
Tickets are still available for the event, which begins Tuesday at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $50 to $250, and a clinic with the pros goes for $100. For additional details or to purchase tickets, contact Courtside at 908-713-1144.