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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): Roddick Make-a-Wish, Pernfors in Ocala

March 26, 2012 11:40 AM
Roddick Grants Hong Kong Make-a-Wish Recipient from Sony in Miami

Roddick01Former No. 1 Andy Roddick has advanced to a blockbuster meeting with fellow former No. 1 Roger Federer on Monday night at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, but besides logging wins, Roddick has also been granting wishes.

Roddick took a break from his training schedule on Sunday to grant a wish for a child in Hong Kong.

Wai Ming, a 15-year old boy who is fighting cancer, had one wish -- to receive a taped video message from Roddick, one of his favorite players. Unfortunately, Ming was too sick to travel and is currently in the hospital recovering from his most recent surgery.

Make-A-Wish Hong Kong provided Ming with autographed Roddick memorabilia, and then the two-time Sony Ericsson Open champion Roddick decided to make Ming's wish granting more personal. Roddick Skyped with Ming over the internet, with the two conversing for 15 minutes Sunday morning.

Roddick then offered to have Ming and his family come watch him play at the ATP event in Shanghai later this year.

Pernfors to Play in One-on-One Doubles, Tennis and Rockin' Blues in Ocala

One on One Doubles 027.jpgMikael Pernfors, 1986 French Open singles finalist, will join the four-man, round-robin One-on-One Doubles tournament to be played at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla., on Saturday, April 21, from 4-6 p.m.

The half-court, serve-and-volley singles tournament played on the doubles court, known as One-on-One Doubles, will feature two matches played simultaneously on one court. 
Pernfors will join Johan Kriek, 1981 and 1982 Australian Open singles champion; Murphy Jensen, 1993 French Open doubles champion; and Tim "Dr. Dirt" Wilkison, former ATP star with singles wins over John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

This One-on-One Doubles tournament will be televised, broadcast delay, on Tennis Channel. Starting at 11:30 a.m., the event will kick-off with a Pro-Am $1,500 prize money doubles tournament played to rockin' blues music. The doubles tournament will be an eight-team event featuring some of the area's top tennis talents teaming with event sponsors. 
There will be a USTA 10 and Under Tennis program presentation from 2:45-3:30 p.m. with Andy Gladstone, USTA Florida's junior competitive coordinator. After the 4-6 p.m. One-on-One Doubles tournament, there will be a Rockin' Blues concert performed by legendary Jimmy Hall and Friends starting at 7 p.m. Hall is the lead singer, saxophonist and harmonica player for the southern rock band Wet Willie.
A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Emergency Services of Ocala. General admission tickets are $30 in advance, $40 day of event. VIP Tickets are $150 in advance, $170 day of event, and include admission into VIP parking, VIP seating, and VIP areas including food, beer, wine and soft drinks. To purchase tickets online, go to www.oneononedoubles.com






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