There will be a distinct Stanford flavor when the annual Esurance Tennis Classic takes the court at Mill Valley's Harbor Point Tennis Club in September. The all-star lineup includes former Stanford All-Americans John McEnroe but Bob and Mike Bryan.
Scheduled for Sept. 24-25, the Esurance Tennis Classic will again benefit the Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation and Youth Tennis Advantage. The event has raised more than $700,000 for charities since 2004.
This year's event will feature McEnroe, the 17-time Grand Slam winner who continues to cover the court both on and off as a Grand Slam tournament commentator for the Tennis Channel and NBC. McEnroe's connection to the Bay Area stems from his Stanford days, when he played for long-time Stanford men's tennis coach and friend Dick Gould.
Gould will be the 2011 "Classic" award honoree at the event's dinner gala. The award distinguishes those who have been exceptional in the field of tennis and made lifetime contributions to the sport. Gould coached the Stanford men's tennis team for 39 years, and continues to work tirelessly for Stanford tennis as the John L. Hinds Director of Tennis.
Former Stanford men's tennis stars and identical twins Bob and Mike Bryan also will participate in this year's event. Currently the world's No. 1 men's doubles team, the Bryan brothers continue to make tennis history with their exceptional doubles talent and energy, amplified by their signature chest bumping and fist pumping during matches.
The Bryans hold a record 72 ATP World Tour Tournament wins and bring a unique style of play and prestige to contemporary men's doubles tennis.
Joining McEnroe and the Bryan brothers at this year's event will be Gigi Fernandez, a 17-time Grand Slam doubles winner and 2010 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee; two-time U.S. Open winner Tracy Austin; and French Open doubles winner Murphy Jensen.
The Stanford men's tennis team will join the women's team for the first time to compete in the World Team Tennis Shoot-Out at the event.
Ticket sales for the 2011 Esurance Tennis Classic are under way. For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, please visit www.tennisclassic.org or call 415.383.6114.