VERO BEACH, October 7, 2020 (Press Release)
The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation announced that the 2020 edition of its annual Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships pro tennis tournament will be held October 19-25 at the Boulevard tennis club.
The popular annual tournament, Vero Beach’s leading international sporting event, was originally scheduled for April, but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships is regarded as one of the best entry-level professional tennis tournaments in the world. Proceeds from the event benefit the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, the non-profit organization named for Vero Beach native son Mardy Fish, former top 10 tennis star and current U.S. Davis Cup captain, benefits at risk children in Indian River County.
“After many challenging months, we are so relieved to finally be able to host this popular tournament, the biggest annual fundraiser for the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, which helps at-risk children in Indian River County lead active and healthy lives, which is now even more important where health and improving one’s immune system is critically important,” said Tom Fish, President Emeritus of the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation and the father of Mardy Fish. “Vero Beach is one of the leading tennis towns in the country and we are so thrilled to continue this annual tennis tradition in as normal a circumstance as we safely can.”
The event will be for the first time staged on the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) platform rather than as an International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Tour event on the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit. Players from around the world will compete for $10,000 in total prize money in singles and doubles, with an increased first prize payout of $3,000 in singles and $1,500 per team winner’s check in doubles. However, ATP Tour ranking points will not be awarded at this year’s event.
While the tournament is popular with many of Vero Beach’s robust tennis community, the event will only accommodate about 35 percent of full capacity for social distancing purposes. No daily tickets will be sold to the event this year, with only sponsors, season-ticket holders and randomly-drawn members of The Boulevard allowed to attend. The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation also asks all attending fans to wear masks while attending the event.
For more information, please go to www.MardyFishChildrensFoundation.org