Vero Beach’s own Quail Valley Country Club tennis teaching professional Chase Perez-Blanco and Nandor Solymosi were awarded a main draw doubles wild card into the 2019 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships after finishing winner and runner-up respectively at the annual “King of the Hill” tennis competition in Vero Beach, Fla.
The 2019 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships, a USTA Pro Circuit event, will be held April 29-May 5 at The Boulevard Tennis Club in Vero Beach, Fla.
Perez-Blanco and Solymosi were awarded the wild card by the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation as part of an agreement with the 24-year “King of the Hill” competition, the annual doubles competition featuring tennis professionals from the Vero Beach area who compete in round-robin competitions on Tuesday nights to the determine the “king” of the local tennis professionals. Proceeds from “King of the Hill” benefit the Youth Guidance Mentoring & Activities Program.
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Perez-Blanco is a former University of Florida standout who ranks No. 6 all-time in Gator tennis history for most combined singles and doubles victories. Solymosi is a former NCAA Division II All-American at Lees-McRae College and a former practice partner for the Davis Cup team from his native Hungary.
The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships has been played in Vero Beach since 1995 and is regarded as one of the best entry-level professional tennis tournaments in the world. Past competitors include Grand Slam winners Andy Roddick and Thomas Johansson, Olympic gold medal winner Nicolas Massu, Grand Slam runners-up Milos Raonic and former world No. 2 Magnus Norman, former world No. 4 Tim Henman, and seven players who went on to play Davis Cup for the U.S.: Roddick, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent, Jared Palmer, Donald Young, Ryan Harrison and Frances Tiafoe.
The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships have an annual economic impact of approximately $500,000 per year on the Vero Beach local economy. Approximately 3,000 fans annually attend the event, which is seen as one of the best-attended entry-level events in the world.
Admission for children 18 and under is free. Tickets for the event are available now at www.VeroBeachTennisTickets.com.