Mark Knowles Charity Event Featuring Andy Roddick

 

THE MARK KNOWLES CELEBRITY TENNIS INVITATIONAL 1-4 December 2011

Mark Knowles is pleased to announce the annual Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational will be held on 1-4 December 2011 at the Atlantis Resort & Casino by Presenting Sponsor, MDC-Partners, and organized by the Mark Knowles Management Group (MKMG).

This year’s featured players are Andy Roddick, Xavier Malisse, and Sabine Lisicki with some additional stars to be announced at a later date.

The organizers plan to hold a Pro/Am doubles tournament for Platinum sponsors, a Pro Exhibition and an opportunity for top Bahamian junior tennis players to interact with the visiting professionals.

The Mark Knowles Celebrity Invitational was established in 2001, its mission to raise funds supporting a range of local children’s charities on the islands. Past beneficiaries have included The Sassoon Pediatric Heart Foundation, The Cancer Society, The Association of the Physically Disabled, The Children’s Emergency Hospital, The Boy Scouts of Bahamas, The Special Olympics and scholarships for promising junior tennis players.

Through the generous support of sponsors, fellow tennis players and of course, the fans, proceeds have saved lives and provided important opportunities for a number of individuals.  2010 marked the tenth anniversary of the event and pushed total contributions to over $650,000.  Proceeds enabled Knowles to endow a local hospital with its first children’s heart defibrillator – in the past, child cardiac arrest patients had to rely on the usage of an adult defibrillator. Previous projects have included emergency heart surgery for a baby girl, 12 days in age; the remodeling of cancer recovery rooms; and funding for a Special Olympics tennis player, who recently won a medal at the World Games.

A testament to Knowles’ popularity with his peers on tour is seen through the quality of player participants who’ve taken part throughout the past decade. Andy Murray overcame heavy snowstorms last year to attend, giving the banner-year event a current ATP star – and his efforts were very much appreciated by all involved. Prior guests have included Andre Agassi, Bob and Mike Bryan, Jennifer Capriati, Jim Courier and Fred Stolle.

Knowles’ dedication to philanthropy, his generosity and effort is also discerned by the appreciation of aid recipients – donations to The Bahamas Cancer Caring Centre have been so considerable that the facility honored his work by creating, “The Mark Knowles Room.”

This event has had a great run in its first ten years, and promises to be a fixture for many more during the player-charity-season of the tennis calendar. While his professional tennis career will eventually close, Mark’s unconditional support for children in need and passion to promote his sport in his native Bahamas will never cease.

MDC-Partners return as the Presenting Sponsor for the second consecutive year with their slogan “Where Great Talent Lives” being most appropriate.

They join the prestigious list of sponsors, many of whom have been supporting the event since its inception, including Atlantis Resort & Casino; The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Pictet Bank & Trust; Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Private Bank & Trust; American Airlines; Odyssey Aviation; Everkey Global Fund; Templeton Global Advisors; H3O; Everkey Global Fund;  H.G.Christie; The; The Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture. Serenity Point, Abaco; The Balmoral; The Bank of the Bahamas

There are a few sponsorship opportunities still available and interested parties should contact Vicky Andrews at [email protected] or cell: 242-357-9670.

Johnny Mac’s Satori

On why McEnroe did not “act up” around Borg:

[…] Bjorn Borg, whom McEnroe always refers to as his “great” rival, and with whom, on court and off, he was never (or almost never) less than civil. Interestingly, Borg is said to have been a racket thrower as a young teenager. But all traces of any temper were gone by the time he began his rise to the top of the men’s tennis game in the mid-’70s, overtaking Connors and then beginning his competition with McEnroe, which would produce several years of increasingly hard-fought tennis, as they pushed each other’s games with contrasting styles, culminating in 20 or so concentrated minutes of the most galvanizing singles ever played: their fourth-set tiebreaker in the 1980 Wimbledon final. It was a year earlier, indoors in New Orleans, in only their third match against each other as pros (Borg was 22; McEnroe 20), when their relationship as opponents coalesced. They were in the third and deciding set (which McEnroe would eventually win), and it was close. As McEnroe has recounted, “I was getting all worked up and nutty.” At 5-5, Borg had had enough of McEnroe’s antics and motioned him to the net. McEnroe thought Borg was going to berate him. Instead, Borg put his arm around him and said: “It’s O.K. Just relax. It’s O.K. It’s a great match.” [Gerald Marzorati, NY Times]

Tennis Decorum

“Lawn tennis, rooted in the 16th-century game of royal courts and patented in England in 1874 by a retired army cavalry officer, was from the start bound up with notions of character-building. It was a means for the men and women of the English upper class and their American emulators in Boston, Philadelphia and Newport to not only while away summer afternoons (the mixing of the sexes itself requiring a certain decorum), but soon enough to also create competitions in which young men could learn and apply the physical and mental toughness, the robust stamina and self-restraint, that the Victorians saw as the embodiment of gentlemanliness. Players were to congratulate opponents on their winning shots and call any balls they hit near a line “in”; were to apologize when they won a point on a poorly struck ball; were to shake hands with a smile at the net after a match, win or (especially) lose.” — Gerald Marzorati [August 2011 NY Times Sunday Magazine]

Funeral Services for “Eight Mile Rock’s Best” Jack Bartlett

Funeral Service for the late JACKSON BARTLETT, Age 46, for- merly of #25 Robyn Drive, Freeport, will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev’d Fr. Rudolph V. Cooper. Interment will follow in the St. Stephen’s Church Cemetery, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.

Only weeks prior to his death he had won the mixed doubles with Terah Smith in the local 2011 Kwan Yin tournament.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Betty Bartlett; children: Tevin and Tyla Bartlett; father: Sherwin Bartlett; father-in-law: Rev. Hosea Lewis; mother-in-law: Joanna Lewis brothers: Elvis and Paledon (Dave) Bartlett; sister: Jeanette Miller; brothers-in- law: Cai Miller, Hosea, Troy, Jefferson, Elvis and Jason Lewis, Leroy Saunders and Emmitt Higgins; sisters-in-law: Cheryl Bartlett, Coleen Vincent, Laverne Saunders, Stephanie Higgins, Rachel, Shantel, Quitel, Kristen and Davina Lewis; uncles: Atwall Jr., Leslie Gray, Willis Sears, Elcott, Huylan, Revous and Wilkie Bartlett; uncles-in-law: Cyril Lewis, Collins, Malachi and Nathaniel Hield; aunts: Merceletta Rolle, Marie Gray, Sharon Whitehearse of Florida, Violet and Monvella Bartlett, Louise and Ernestine Gray, Rosalee Greenslade; aunts-in-law: Lillian, Merlene, Rose and Rosie Hield, Curlene, Meldora, Margaret and Bernice Lewis. nephews: Marc, Paledon Jr., Joseph, Troy Jr., Myles, Trevaugn, D’Vonte, Jordan, Jeremiah, Geovanni, Zach, Emmitt Jr. and Emmile; nieces: Veronica, Latoya, LaNique, LaRicca, LaTess, Azariah, Tiphanie and Emma, Tivia, Deandra and Danielle; grand nephews: Mathias, Aiden, Antonio, Jaaz and Joseph; grand niece: Antonia and a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be held at the Russell’s and Pinder’s Funeral Home, August 19, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the church from 11:30 a.m. until the service.

Tennis Stars Battle At Mark Knowles Celebrity Invitational

Robert ‘Bobby’ Reynolds is 28 years old and was born in Massachusetts, USA. He has been ranked as high as 63 and has wins over Marat Safin and Igor Kunitsyn. Bobby played at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee for three seasons from 2000-03 under coach and former ATP doubles star Ken Flach, before turning pro after his junior year. He finished No. 1 in national singles rankings in 2003. Bobby led Vanderbilt to the NCAA final in 2003 and capped one of the biggest turnarounds in recent NCAA history before losing to Illinois 4-3 in the final. Doubles Champion at Indianapolis with Andy Roddick in 2006.

Amer Delic is 28 years old and was born in Tulzla, Bosnia. He has been ranked as high as 60, and has wins over Benneteau, Acasuso, Davydenko, and Simon. In 2003, he completed his junior season at University of Illinois by leading his team to its first NCAA team title with a 32-0 mark, then he became first player from Illinois to capture NCAA singles crown. In the NCAA final, Amer defeated Baylor’s Benedikt Dorsch to become first Big Ten player to win singles crown since Michigan’s Mike Leach in 1982. He finished his third straight All-American season ranked No. 2 in singles and No. 11 in doubles, and has had a career singles mark of 92-33 in three seasons.

Alex Kuznetsov is 23 years old, and was born in Kiev, Ukraine. His highest singles ranking was #158. His father, Yuri, is a tennis coach, and his grandfather was a Ukrainian handball champion. Alex started playing tennis at age 6. In 2004, as a junior, Alex was a Singles & Doubles finalist at the French Open. That same year he made it to the Quarterfinals at Wimbledon & the US Open.

Jesse Levine  is 23 years old and was born in Canada, but moved to America at age 13 and now plays under the US flag. Doubles finalist with Ryan Sweeting in Houston in 2009. Jesse played as a No. 1 player at University of Florida for one season, compiling a 21-0 record, before turning pro in the summer of 2007.  Jesse reached a career-high of  No. 14 in world junior rankings in 2005 and his best junior result was his title at Wimbledon in 2005. In July 2007, he spent 10 weeks training in Dubai with Roger Federer.

Filip Krajinovic is 18 years old and was born in Serbia. Filip turned pro last year and has already had an amazing climb up the rankings and is hailed as the next great player out of Serbia, following hopefully in the footsteps of Novak Djokovic. Filip started playing tennis at age 5 and moved to Bradenton, FL to the IMG/Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy at age 13. As a Junior he reached the Semifinals of 2 majors: Wimbledon & the US Open.  

Ryan Sweeting is 23 years old and was born in Nassau, Bahamas. Ryan has lived and trained in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from aged 12. He is a former World No. 2 junior, winner of 2005 US Open junior title, and in 2006. Ryan has served as practice partner on US Davis Cup teams in 2006 and 2007, and is coached by Dustin Taylor. Doubles finalist with Jesse Levine in Houston in 2009.

This year the Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational will be held from December 2nd to the 5th, and the public always have the opportunity to attend the Pro Exhibition for exciting tennis action with visiting pros. The Exhibition will be held on Saturday, December 4th at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, National Tennis Centre at 3pm.

Sponsors include: Atlantis Resort & Casino, MDC-Partners; Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Private Bank & Trust;  Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd; Serenity Point, Abaco; The Balmoral; The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; American Airlines;  Everkey Global Fund; Mark Holowesko;,  Odyssey Aviation; The Bahamas Weekly  and The Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture.

Tickets are now on sale at the National Tennis Centre, Atlantis Tennis Centre, Village Squash Club, H.G.Christie Ltd. and Lyford Cay School or telephone 242-359-2542.

FOCOL 2010 Junior Tennis Tournament

The annual FOCOL tournament was held OCTOBER  22 – OCTOBER  25, 2010 results are as follows:

Age CategoryFinalsScore
Girls Under  12Lily Evert defeated Iesha ShepherdBye
Girls Under 14Iesha Shepherd defeated Dominique Mortier6-2, 6-2
Girls Under 16Erin Strachan defeatedDanielle Thompson6-4, 6-1
Boys Under 10Cole Majra defeatedDenali  nottage6-2,6-1
Boys Under 12Oneil Mortimer defeatedDanny  Wallace3-6, 6-0, 6-0
Boys Under 14Micheal  Wallace defeatedOneal  Mortimer6-1, 6-0
Boys Under 16Kevin Major defeated Rasheed  Carey6-1,  6-3
Boys Under 18Kevin Major defeated  Treajh  FergusonBye
Girls  18Gabriella Bowe defeated  Danielle  ThompsonBye

The  Focol tournament took placed this past weekend at the Lucayan Bath & Raquet Club.

The Grand Bahama Tennis Association hosted about 35 junior tennis players from Nassau, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama to several days of healthy tennis rivalry.  This year’s players displayed a high level of competiveness and good sportsmanship as they vied for the first place trophies in the various age categories.

President of the Grand Bahama Tennis Association, Mrs. Charmine Wallace, dubbed this year’s tournament a huge success and extended sincere appreciation to   Focol, the players and their parents for contributing to such a successful tournament.

Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Tournament Draws In WTA Glamour Girls

Nassau, Bahamas – Not content to let their male counterparts enjoy all the fun in the sun in The Bahamas, this year’s Mark Knowles Celebrity Invitational charity event from December 2nd to 5th has drawn 3 repeat female participants; Anna Lena Groenefeld, Sabine Lisicki and Olga Savchuk and a new face, U.S. Federation Cup team heroine, Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands is one of the brightest tennis stars on the WTA Tour and at the perfect age of just 26, she is the future of American tennis. Mattek-Sands has been playing some of the best tennis of her career having reached an all time high singles ranking of #37 by the start of her 2009 season. Despite battling some injuries throughout 2009, she is currently one of the top players not only for the USA, but around the world in both singles and doubles. In 2009, Bethanie and her partner, Petrovic beat the Williams Sisters in a 3hr 18min battle in the 3rd Round of Roland Garros. Mattek-Sands and Petrova were one of only two teams to beat the Williams Sisters in all of 2009. These captivating performances allowed her to climb to a career high #17.

Bethanie was born March 23, 1985 in Rochester, Minnesota  to Tim and Heidi Mattek who currently reside in Boca, Florida. Mattek-Sands began playing tennis at age 5 and trained at the world famous Evert Academy and played her first pro event at just 14yrs old (1999.)  Mattek-Sands’ outgoing, fun and carefree personality has won her fans worldwide both on and off the court. She is also known for an adventurous sense of fashion with her on court attire and the unique personality she has brought to the game of tennis. Bethanie recently married former college athlete and Phoenix businessman, Justin Sands, in a private beach ceremony in November 2008. She currently trains and resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

Throughout her career, Mattek has accumulated eight (8) Sony Ericcson WTA Tour Doubles Titles; five (5) ITF Women’s Circuit Singles Titles; and three (3) ITF Women’s Circuit Doubles Titles.

Mattek-Sands became the first American to win consecutive live matches — fourth singles and then doubles — to close out a Fed Cup tie since the best-of-five format was adopted in 1995.

Anna-Lena Groenefeld  has a current Singles ranking #63 and Doubles ranking #14. She had an outstanding junior career:  In 2002 she was the Singles Champion of both the Belgium and Frankfurt International Championships and a finalist at the Orange Bowl. In July 2003, she won the Apple and Eve Newsday Long Island Classic, held in Woodbury, New York, defeating Bethanie Mattek in the final. She is an accomplished doubles player winning the French Open title and reaching the finals at Wimbledon. As a result of her tennis successes in 2003, Groenefeld had achieved the Junior World ranking of #1 in singles and doubles. She received the German Tennis Award in 2008 as “Professional Female Player of the Year”. She was the winner of the 2009 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles crown alongside Mark Knowles

In March 2010 she injured her left foot which kept her out of competition until July 2010.

Has singles wins over Daniela Hantuchova, Alize Cornet and with doubles partner, Patty Snyder, has won several ladies doubles titles.

Anna-Lena is coached by Dirk Dier. Her mother is Marie-Louise (teacher); and her father is Hans (surgeon). She was introduced to tennis at age 5 by father and brother. Anna-Lena graduated from Nordhorn High School in June 2001, and her favorite tournament is Roland Garros. Her other sports interests include handball, and basketba

Sabine Lisicki has a Current Singles ranking #178 . She finished 2009 ranked #23 then injuries plagued her through 2010 starting in Indian Wells and Miami and she did not get back into tournament play until August 2010. Sabine is a member of the German Fed Cup Team, 2008-09.

Coached by father, Dr Richard Lisicki; she also works with Darren Cahill / Adidas. Sabine was Introduced to tennis at age 7 by her father at a club after school.  Her favorite shot is the serve; and she likes all surfaces (because they all bring something different to the game). She speaks German, English, Polish, and her favorite book is Lance Armstrong’s autobiography. Sabine likes listening to pop and R&B music, reading and athletics.  She is self-described as happy, a hard worker and someone who laughs a lot.

Olga Savchuk  has a Current Singles Ranking #149 Doubles #62 . She was born in Donetsk, Ukraine on September 20th, 1987 and now is a resident of Nassau, Bahamas.  She plays right-handed and is an up and coming force on the WTA tour.  She is a winner of 3 Doubles titles and member of the Ukrainian Federation Cup Team. 

Olga is coached by Tomasz Iwanski. Father, Nikolay and mother, Elena. She began playing at age 7 and she speaks Russian, Ukrainian, English. Olga likes spending time with family and friends, resting on the beach, reading, dancing.  Her favorite tennis players are Federer, Graf, Sampras; and she also admires Michael Phelps.

The Professional Tennis Exhibition will be held at the National Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday 4th December. Admission: Adults $10 and Children Free. Students in school sports shirts Free.

The annual hit with the Pros will take place with junior players selected by Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association at the Exhibition on 4th December at the National Tennis Centre ending with an autograph session with the pros.

The major sponsors to date include: Atlantis Resort & Casino, MDC-Partners, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Private Bank & Trust;   Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd; Serenity Point, Abaco; The Balmoral; The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation; American Airlines; Everkey Global Fund,  Odyssey Aviation, Mark Holowesko, The Bahamas Weekly, and The Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture.

The proceeds of the event will go to aid local children’s’ charities. To date over $500,000 has been distributed to various charities.

Tickets are now on sale at the National Tennis Centre, Atlantis Tennis Centre, Village Squash Club, H.G.Christie Ltd. and Lyford Cay School or telephone 242-359-2542.

Xavier Malisse To Participate At 2010 Mark Knowles Tennis Invitational

Nassau, Bahamas – Mark Knowles is pleased to announce that Xavier Malisse of Belgium will be among the pros participating in the 10th annual Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational charity event to be held from December 2nd to 5th.

Xavier is one of the most charismatic and talented players on the ATP circuit. He is the best male player to come out of Belgium which is known for its excellent female players Justin Henin and Kim Clijsters.

Xavier was born in Kortrijk, Belgium July 19, 1980. At age 13, he was as good a soccer player as tennis and made the choice to play tennis. He has had an outstanding junior career and made the transition to the pros at the age of 17. He entered the Nick Bollettieri Academy in summer of 1997 and still trains there part of the season. This is the same Academy that Mark Knowles attended from the age of 10 years.

His Highest Singles Ranking was #19 and his Highest Doubles Ranking # 28. He has won Three Singles Titles and Four Doubles Titles with a Grand Slam Highlight of being crowned the 2004 French Open Doubles Champion.

Xavier has been ranked in the Top 50 for 5 years in a row.  He has wins over World No. 3 Novak, Djokovic in 2010, and during his career has beaten World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake, Fernando Gonzalez, Tomas Berdych, John Isner & Nikolay Davydenko.

The Professional Tennis Exhibition will be held at the National Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday 4th December. Admission: Adults $10 and Children Free. Students in school sports shirts Free.

The annual hit with the Pros will take place with junior players selected by Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association at the Exhibition on 4th December at the National Tennis Centre ending with an autograph session with the pros.

The major sponsors to date include: Atlantis Resort & Casino, MDC-Partners, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Private Bank & Trust;   Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd; Serenity Point, Abaco; The Balmoral; The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation; American Airlines; Everkey Global Fund,  Odyssey Aviation, Mark Holowesko, The Bahamas Weekly, and The Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture.

The proceeds of the event will go to aid local children’s’ charities. To date over $500,000 has been distributed to various charities.

Tickets are now on sale at the National Tennis Centre, Atlantis Tennis Centre, Village Squash Club, H.G.Christie Ltd. and Lyford Cay School or telephone 242-359-2542.

Source: The Bahamas Weekly