Evert Classic returns to Boca Raton Published Thursday, October 19, 2006
By Mario Sarmento
After 17 years, the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic is still going strong.
The Classic returns to Boca Raton Nov. 4-5 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.
The event has raised more than $14 million in its history, teaming together athletes and celebrities to benefit state and local charities.
According to Chris Evert Charities Director Tami Starr, this has been Evert’s way of giving back after an illustrious career that saw her win 18 Grand Slam titles in 17 years as a professional.
“When Chris retired from tennis in 1989, she wanted to give back because she felt so fortunate,” Starr said. “She thinks everyone should give back.”
Over the years, celebrities and athletes like Chevy Chase and Jimmy Connors have appeared at the event.
“It’s been a great response,” Starr said. “People are glad she’s giving back.”
This year, two longtime Evert favorites whom she has spent years pursuing have finally found enough time in their busy schedules to make appearances – Anna Kournikova and Kenny Loggins. Loggins will perform at the 17th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
“She’s (Evert) a big fan of his, and he’s a big fan of hers,” Starr said.
Evert was finally able to attract Kournikova when the two made an appearance at Jim Courier’s charity classic in Tampa earlier this year.
“Someone like Anna realizes someone like Chris made the field for her,” Starr said. “Billie Jean King always said that when Chris came on the scene, she made women’s tennis bigger by bringing in more fans.”
Other celebrities who are scheduled to attend include Jon Lovitz, Alan Thicke, Governor Jeb Bush, Greg Norman, and former NHL star Valeri Bure and his wife Candace Cameron.
The list of names continually changes because, as Starr said, “Actors and actresses aren’t sure yet because they’re trying to get time off from their bosses.”
New York Yankees manager Joe Torre confirmed earlier this week that he would attend, and Lindsey Davenport was the latest professional tennis player to throw her name into the ring.
The Classic itself consists of athletes and celebrities pairing off together for one-set matches from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. during the two-day event.
Starr said organizers are trying to arrange a Sunday featured match that would be more competitive than the others, featuring Evert, Connors, Courier and pairing Kournikova with former President George Bush.
Event pairings will be made Friday when organizers are sure of who will attend. Tickets for the tennis and the gala dinner are available through the Chris Evert Charities at 394-2400, or www.Chrisevert.org. General admission tickets are $20 per day. Series tickets are $70 per day and individual day club seats are $40 each day. Box ticket packages range from $175-$900, with individual box seats for $900. Children ages 10 and under are free if accompanied by a paid adult in the general admission section. Gala tickets are $750 each.
Local charities that will benefit from the proceeds include the community drug abuse foundation in Delray Beach and the Turtle Nest Village, which provides children who have not been adopted by their 18th birthday with housing and life skills to help them become productive members of society.
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:25 PM
I thought Jen Cap was also going to participate?
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:35 PM
I thought Jen Cap was also going to participate?If Jen wants to play, I'm sure she'll be there
Evert, Mill announce divorce
By Thom Smith (email@example.com)
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 20, 2006
BOCA RATON — Citing conflicts, career and otherwise, Chris Evert and Andy Mill announced Friday that their marriage is over.
Through Evert's office in Boca Raton, the couple issued a brief statement: "We are confirming that, after 18 years of marriage, we have decided to get divorced. The decision is mutual, and our main concern is for our three sons. We know we have some difficult times ahead, together and apart, and hope that our family's privacy will be respected."
A look at Chris Evert's life (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/home_garden/epaper/2005/11/27/a1k_evert_royster_1127.html)
http://img.coxnewsweb.com/C/00/57/50/image_4850570.jpg Chris Evert
http://img.coxnewsweb.com/C/04/57/50/image_4850574.jpg John Mill
The couple said no additional comments or details would be released. But people close to the couple report that the couple's activities were keeping them apart too much.
Since the early 1970s when she first burst onto the international tennis scene, Evert often has been referred to as America's tennis sweetheart. Mill was an Olympic skier from the mountains of Colorado. Both were coming off failed marriages when they met in 1986, Evert to English tennis star John Lloyd.
They were married July 30, 1988, at a private civil ceremony in Boca Raton that included family members, Evert's tennis friends Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Pam Shriver and Wendy Turnbull, entertainer Lynda Carter and Mill's buddy, auto racer Danny Sullivan.
The couple settled in Boca Raton as Evert gradually retired from competitive tennis in 1989 and in October 1991 gave birth to the first of three sons, now 15, 12 and 10.
Evert may have retired from competition but she remains active in tennis. In June her tennis academy in Boca Raton became the U.S. Tennis Association's new player development center. She's been a match commentator on TV, plays in charity matches and her own Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic and gala, set for Nov. 4 and 5, has raised more than $14.2 million to fight drug abuse and assist neglected and abused children in South Florida.
Mill has become a top sportfisherman. After winning a big tarpon tournament in Islamorada in June, he said he was giving up tournament fishing to spend more time with his family. He hinted, however, that he might take up competitive amateur golf.
In August at a tribute to Billie Jean King in New York that included John McEnroe and Evert's one-time fiance Jimmy Connors, Evert jokingly praised King for giving her advice on her love life when she broke up with Connors. King teased back that she was "finished giving Chris Evert love advice."
Evert now must turn her attention to her Pro-Celebrity tennis tournament at the Delray Beach Tennis Center featuring Connors, Jim Courier, Anna Kournikova, Chevy Chase and Maeve Quinlan and the gala at the Boca Raton Resort and Club with entertainment by Kenny Loggins.
For the first time since the event's founding in 1989, Mill will not attend.
Oct 21st, 2006, 04:42 PM
kournikova will be there :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:21 PM
kournikova will be there :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:Yeah, and Chrissie is trying to make her a Republican -
"pairing Kournikova with former President George Bush."
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:22 PM
GL knows her politics. ;)
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:25 PM
Yeah, and Chrissie is trying to make her a Republican -
"pairing Kournikova with former President George Bush."
She can't make her shit if she's not a citizen of this country. In order to be a Republican she would have to be a registered voter and in order to be a registered voter she would have to be a citizen of the USA.
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:28 PM
..In order to be a Republican she would have to be a registered voter and in order to be a registered voter she would have to be a citizen of the USA.I was making a joke, with George senior and Jeb there
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:40 PM
If not for Ms. Famous-for-being-famous "gracing the card", I doubt that Goldy would give enough of a FF about the event to start a thread about it.
Oct 21st, 2006, 05:59 PM
Chris Evert is in the news today, plus Anna is playing.
They should go out & meet guys together
Nov 3rd, 2006, 07:40 PM
Celebrity tennis tournament in Delray ready to help battle drugs
By Ivette M. Yee
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 3, 2006
With every backhand and ace she fires, Chris Evert knows a drug-addicted mother is getting a new lease on life. With every lob, a young adult from foster care learns how to make it on his or her own.
The former tennis champion organizes the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic every year, attracting high-profile players including former President George H.W. Bush and Friends alum Matthew Perry.
The event starts in the wake of news that she and her husband of 18 years, Andy Mill, plan to divorce.
"I'm OK. My family is doing well, and Andy and I are getting along," she said. "There's just a positive environment all around."
This year's event runs today through Sunday, with tennis stars Anna Kournikova, Jimmy Connors and others taking to the court.
Since the tournament began in 1989, it has raised more than $14 million, including last year's record-breaking $1.2 million. The money benefits The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, a nonprofit organization supporting programs to help at-risk children and families, including those dealing with drug abuse recovery. The organization raises money to match state dollars used to fund new programs.
For Evert, her choice of charity hasn't changed.
"There are a lot of glamorous charities out there," the Fort Lauderdale native said. "Drug abuse recovery is something that gives people a second chance at life. Growing up in South Florida, drugs have been a real issue. There are a lot of front-page crimes related to drug abuse."
About 1 million adults need substance-abuse services in Florida, according to the National Survey on Drugs, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A Florida Youth Substance Abuse survey indicated 343,727 children need those services.
With her tournament, Evert, a mother of three, said she wants to support those recovery programs, especially among mothers and youth.
Turtle Nest Village, a nonprofit organization that supports children who have aged out of the foster care system, is dedicated to keeping young people away from drugs and other dangers.
"Chris' grant has made a remarkable difference for us," said Elizabeth Brown, executive director of Turtle Nest Village in West Palm Beach. "From the day we opened, we've had a waiting list, and it was hard telling an 18-year-old you don't have enough money to help them. But now we're able to help everyone that comes to us."
What draws the most attention to the tournament is the star power Evert attracts. Returning players this year include rocker Gavin Rossdale, comedian Jon Lovitz and Saturday Night Live alum Chevy Chase.
"They have to know how to play tennis or else it's no fun," Evert said.
Nov 3rd, 2006, 07:46 PM
Nov 4th, 2006, 02:17 AM
Also stop by the KidzZone featuring amusements, games, face painting and fun for children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Chrissie and her for great tennis action.
The 2005 Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic raised a record-breaking $1.2 million dollars. Since 1989, Chris Evert's efforts have contributed over $14 million dollars in an ongoing campaign against drug abuse and child neglect in Florida. With the help of loyal and generous sponsors, participating celebrities, legions of volunteers and a dedicated staff, Chris Evert continues to raise money to fund programs that ensure a bright future for at-risk children and their families.
Nov 4th, 2006, 02:29 AM
wtaworld has a whole forum for exos; you might want to start a thread there, goldenlox.
Nov 4th, 2006, 11:48 PM
First day's results of Chris Evert Celebrity Classic Stars from the tennis and entertainment worlds got together to brave the wind and weather in the first day of action at the 17th annual Chris Evert / Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Challenge, being played this weekend at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.
Before an estimated crowd of 3,642, tennis greats Chris Evert and Jim Courier, along with television star Alan Thicke had a good day on the courts with each picking up two wins.
Evert paired with television star Scott Foley to defeat Lindsay Davenport and musician Gavin Rossdale 6-4 in the day’s best match. The players in the opening match fought through the only bad weather of the day and a brief rain delay before Courier and supermodel Frederique ousted South of Nowhere’s Maeve Quinlan and ATP Tour player Vince Spadea 6-3. Evert posted her first win of the day when she teamed with Thicke to upset Taylor Dent’s first appearance at the event as Dent and Jon Lovitz fell 6-3. Dent and Lovitz didn’t fare much better in the last match of the day, as they fell to Courier and Thick, 6-3.
Action continues on Sunday at the Delray Beach Tennis Center with four matches scheduled to start at 11 a.m. In addition to the players from Saturday, former President George H. W. Bush will make his return to the event and tennis sensation Anna Kournikova is scheduled to make her debut at the annual event.
Nov 6th, 2006, 12:22 PM
World of hurt
It's a good thing Anna Kournikova was not known for a strong serve, first or second.
She stepped in for Chris Evert midway through the first set in a feature match Sunday at Evert's charity fundraising event in Delray Beach, Fla., and promptly hit her partner in the back with a serve.
Her partner? None other than former President Bush. He said he was not hurt.
"The Cold War has been over for a long time," said chair umpire Jim Courier.
Nov 6th, 2006, 02:01 PM
Tags: president (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=president) bush (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=bush) kournikova (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=kournikova) evert (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=evert) tennis (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=tennis) Photo by Erik Lunsford Former President George H.W. Bush (right) bumps fists with tennis star Anna Kournikova during a doubles match against tennis star Lindsay Davenport and actor Jon Lovitz at the 17th Annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic on Sunday at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach.
Tags: president (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=president) bush (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=bush) anna (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=anna) kournikova (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=kournikova) evert (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=evert) tennis (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/search/results.php?keywords=tennis) Photo by Erik Lunsford Former President George H.W. Bush jokes around with tennis star Anna Kournikova (center) after Kournikova accidentally hit Bush in the back with a tennis ball during a serve. Tennis star and host Chris Evert (right) gasps after it happened during a doubles match against tennis star Lindsay Davenport and actor Jon Lovitz at the 17th Annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic on Sunday at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach.
Nov 6th, 2006, 03:25 PM
So much for the BS posts in that autoshow thread about how Annarexia has regained the lost weight. Now that you can see her emaciated body again in tennis clothes, one could say to ex-President Bush, (based on where he lives) Apollo 13 style:
I love that picture. :hearts:
Nov 6th, 2006, 06:20 PM
so, where Lindsay pics?
Nov 6th, 2006, 06:25 PM
Lindsay Davenport and Jon Lovitz :tape: :lol:
Also, Kournikova looks scary thin in that shot of her on-court with George 1 and Chris :eek:
Nov 6th, 2006, 06:40 PM
Also, Kournikova looks scary thin in that shot of her on-court with George 1 and Chris :eek:
I wouldnt call it scary thin, doesnt look like shes anorexic or anything. But it is very thin though, and it takes away from her beauty unfortunately.
Nov 6th, 2006, 06:46 PM
How the fuck can you play tennis when you're anorexic? :confused: Anna still looks horrible.
Anyway, LOLz @ Lindsay showing up here. Thankfully she feels great and must have recovered from the 'injury' that forced her out of Quebec!