Tennis: Serena to play charity in Naples
Saturday, January 25, 2003
Daily News staff
Serena Williams, the world's No. 1-ranked women's tennis player, is coming to Naples in early April to play a charity exhibition at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club on Airport-Pulling Road.
Williams will be pitted against Monica Seles and the event will be open to the public.
A large turnout is expected for the one-day affair and a temporary stadium that will seat 4,000 will be erected on-site at the NBTC.
Members of the Naples Bath & Tennis Club were notified Friday that the benefit would take place on April 5.
The event is being put together by Serena's mother. Full details of the benefit will be revealed in Naples on Feb. 4.
Proceeds will benefit the OWL Foundation. The Oracene Williams Learning Foundation was started to encourage interest in eduction and to fun programs that address learning problems of individual who are experiencing academic failure.
The Foundation's mission is to ensure that every child is treated as an individual and provided the opportunity to learn.
Tickets are not yet for sale.
In addition to the singles exhibition, tentative plans call for Venus Williams to join in for doubles with another player still be be determined.