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Tickets now on sale for Golisano Children’s Hospital Pro Tennis Classic

By Staff | Jan 25, 2022

Tickets are now on sale now to see some of the world’s top tennis players during the 13th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Pro Tennis Classic, a Madisen’s Match premier event. The charity exhibition takes place Sunday, March 20, at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.

“This is a unique opportunity to see tennis pros up close. It’s such a great way to support the cause, embrace the sport and have a really great time,” Madisen’s Match founder Duane Chaney said. “Definitely a can’t-miss for anyone who loves the game.”

The Bryan brothers, identical twins Bob and Mike, one the most accomplished doubles team in the history of tennis, return to the event, along with hard-serving Reilly Opelka, the tallest player on the ATP Tour at 6-foot-11, and Taylor Fritz, the top ranked American in the world.

Prices start at $45 for the Golisano Children’s Hospital Pro Tennis Classic with Courtside Club and First Horizon Baseline Club and reserved seat packages available.

The main event will be held indoors on a custom hardcourt surface laid down in place of the basketball court at Suncoast Credit Union Arena.

A VIP Gala & Auction kicks off the two-day event at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, with live music from the Bryan Brothers’ band, luau dancers and entertainers and party fare.

A Legends Tennis Camp & Pro Am the morning of Sunday, March 20, at Fiddlesticks features many of the same names from the Golisano Children’s Hospital Pro Tennis Classic, including the Bryan brothers.

The Bryans are tennis royalty, accomplishing much in their tennis careers with 118 titles overall, including 16 Grand Slam titles, winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, with Olympic gold and bronze medals to boot. They jointly held the title as the world’s No. 1-ranked doubles team for 438 weeks.

Opelka, 24, currently ranked No. 25 in the world will dazzle crowds during his Madisen’s Match debut with a serve which has been clocked at 140 miles per hour. Fritz, 24, ranked No. 22 in the world, looks to build on his 2021 season when he had wins over top 10 ranked players including Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and Andrey Rublev.

“It’s heartwarming to know they are here to help support those fighting cancer in Southwest Florida, and it’s exciting to see these pros turn out for such an important cause,” said Chaney.

Madisen’s Match has raised over $1 million since its inception in 2009. Since 2011, funds have gone exclusively to Barbara’s Friends, which is the Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center Fund, and The Brain Tumor Navigator Program at the Lee Health Regional Cancer Center.

Madisen Abramson, for whom the charity is named, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 3 and regularly appears at the annual Madisen’s Match events. Make your reservations today at madisensmatch.com or call the Suncoast Credit Union Arena box office at 239-481-4849.

About Madisen’s Match

Duane Chaney established Madisen’s Match in 2008 after his 3-year-old niece, Madisen Abramson, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Inspired by Madisen and determined to help others, Chaney created Madisen’s Match to use tennis as a way to raise funds for pediatric and adult cancer charities.

To date, the events have raised more than $1.2 million benefit national and Southwest Florida-based charities like the Brain Tumor Navigator Program at the Regional Cancer Center, Barbara’s Friends – The Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center Fund, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation.

For more information about the fundraising event, visit madisensmatch.com.