The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships in 2019 will feature elevated prize money of $25,000, and entry will be free to children all week, with daily events for kids of all ages at a new location, The Boulevard Tennis Club in Vero Beach, Fla.
The USTA Pro Circuit event will start with the qualifying tournament on Monday, April 29, and main draw play will begin on Tuesday, April 30. A pre-qualifying tournament open to all will be played at The Boulevard starting Wednesday, April 24, with the winner earning a place in the 28-player qualifying tournament. The tournament is part of the newly-restructured and rebranded ITF World Tennis Tour.
Children’s events during the week will include:
Monday — Children’s Homeless Foundation-Youth Swim Team, Sherwood Farm-Intro to Equine
Tuesday — Youth Guidance
Wednesday — Treasure Coast Elementary Garden Club-Food Tastings, Indian River Golf Foundation SNAG Golf and Putt-Putt Demos
Thursday — LOTA Sports, USTA Net Generation Tennis Clinic with LOTA 4:30-6:30 p.m. (pizza provided) hosted by MFCF Youth Advisory Council, to register email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday — Boys & Girls Club-Face Painting for Kids
Saturday — Fall Junior Tennis League Match Play
Sunday — Program Host: Sebastian Elementary School Futures Finals 11 a.m., Sebastian Elementary Dance Team Open Cheer at 1 p.m.
* Times of events are subject to change, children must be accompanied by an adult and no child drop-offs
“Our event is our top fundraising mechanism for the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation and our goal is to raise as much money as possible to benefit youth in Indian River County while continuing to run a first-class event and further promote tennis in our Treasure Coast community,” said Foundation President Tom Fish.
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.