Landfall Foundation Legends of Tennis
Celebrity Tennis Tournament
Friday & Saturday, September 18th & 19th, 2015
Supporting the Landfall Foundation and the UNCW Seahawk Club
Sponsorships and tables are now available for sale.
James Blake to Headline 2015 Charity Exhibition
The Landfall Foundation was pleased to have American tennis superstar James Blake headline this year’s Legends of Tennis charity exhibition event hosted at the Country Club of Landfall’s Drysdale Sports Center complex. Proceeds from Legends of Tennis will go directly the Landfall Foundation’s grants programs to assist in awarding grants to local non-profits from the greater Wilmington area.
James Riley Blake is known for his speed and powerful, flat forehand. During his career, Blake had amassed 24 singles finals appearances (10–14 record), while his career-high singles ranking was World No. 4. His career highlights included reaching the final of the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup, the semifinals of the Beijing Olympics and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (2008) and US Open (2005, 2006), as well as being the former American No. 1. His two titles for the United States at the Hopman Cup are an event record. Blake was a key performer for the United States 2007 Davis Cup championship team, going 2–0 in the championship tie vs. Russia at second singles.
Joining Blake are returning players: Australian, Rennae Stubbs who won four Grand Slam doubles titles and over 60 WTA doubles tour titles, Jimmy Arias, once ranked as high as No. 5 in the world, Bobby Reynolds who finished No. 1 in national singles rankings in 2003, and Mikael Pernfors of Sweden who played in the French Open and Davis Cup finals.
Legends play will include singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
The Landfall Foundation has recently taken ownership of Landfall Foundation Legends of Tennis and will add this celebrity tennis exhibition fundraiser to its slate of annual charitable events. “The foundation is excited to bring Legends of Tennis under its umbrella,” said Landfall Foundation Chairman, Bill Hamlet. “Legends aligns perfectly with the foundation’s goals and mission and provides a great opportunity to help grow the foundation’s giving throughout the community to generate even more funds for local non-profits.”
Landfall Foundation Legends of Tennis will now be operated through the foundation’s Board of Directors in partnership with the Country Club of Landfall’s tennis staff and club members who will complete the organizing committee.
Comprised of Landfall residents, the Landfall Foundation’s mission is to provide funds to local non-profit organizations that provide support for the Arts, Education, and Health and Welfare in the greater Wilmington area. To date, the foundation has donated more than $2.7 million dollars through grants locally in the last eighteen years. Each year, along with individual donations, the foundation holds fundraising events such as the annual Gala, Art Show, Holiday Marketplace, Quintiles Marathon, and will now add Legends of Tennis to its lineup.
UNCW Seahawk Club
Proceeds from the 2014 Legends of Tennis event will also benefit the UNCW Men’s and Women’s Tennis Programs via the Seahawk Club, as they have been partners and beneficiaries since the event's inception.
The Country Club of Landfall
The Country Club of Landfall (CCL) is an active participant in local and regional community events. CCL hosts numerous charity golf tournaments and galas every year and has directly helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local non-profits.
The Country Club of Landfall is a private, member owned club located in Wilmington, NC. CCL boasts two luxury clubhouses that offer breathtaking views of 45 holes of championship golf, 27 designed by Jack Nicklaus and 18 crafted by Pete Dye. CCL also has 13 tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness center at the Cliff Drysdale Sports Center. Membership is available on a national level as well as to all area residents inside and outside the Landfall community.