The annual “Serving Up a Cure” charity tennis tournament at Deerwood Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., will be held on June 7-9, 2019, marking the 9th year of the event benefiting local organizations fighting cancer.
The tournament, founded by Jacksonville residents Bill Sharp, Brian Monroe and Tom Gable, to date has donated $250,000 to the Mayo Clinic’s Gabriel House of Care, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida and the Ellie Kavalieros DIPG Fund.
Last year’s event hosted 278 players with a Saturday night party hosted by Cantina Laredo and music by the Boogie Freaks.
“For me it all started when I realized I wasn’t doing enough for others,” one of the founders, Bill Sharp said. “We got together one day and we decided to bring something unique to tennis and our community which has become a tournament unlike any other in town. Brian, Tom and I all played college tennis and knew what would be a good tournament from both a playing and experience standpoint. We have tried to improve each year. The ATP World Tour, headquartered in nearby Ponte Vedra Beach, has supported the event and encourages their employees to play, and each year some world-class tennis players repeatedly play the tournament.”
Doubles divisions include men’s Open, A, B, and C, and women’s and mixed A, B, and C.
This year’s schedule of events includes a Friday 8 a.m. breakfast prior to play, lunch, and Friday night festivities starting at 5 p.m. Saturday includes breakfast and lunch, and after play the Party to Ace Cancer with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday includes breakfast and lunch, with the finals concluding around noon.
Free beverages and beer will be available all weekend for registered participants who will also receive a goodie bag.
To enter or for more info go to www.servingupacure.com.