Andy Roddick and James Blake dusted off their rackets to join John Isner and other celebrities for charity exhibitions in New York and New Jersey last week.
The James Blake Foundation raised more than $200,000 at its ninth annual Serving For A Cure event in Manhattan, which featured a doubles match with Roddick, Isner, Blake and actor Boris Kodjoe. Proceeds from the event went to the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund. Blake’s father died of gastric cancer in 2004.
“I’m really proud of this,” Blake said. “Andy was one of the first to sign on when I started it in 2005 and he’s been a supporter ever since. I’m proud to have people out there who I consider friends and are so giving of their time.”
Roddick, Blake and Isner also joined Justin Gimelstob for the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund Tennis Exhibition in New Jersey, which raised more than $300,000 for a variety of children’s charities.
Martina Hingis led the most star-studded European exhibition of the season, joining Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils and Daniela Hantuchova for an event in Bratislava, Slovakia. Between Hingis’ creative shot-making and the dynamic athleticism of the Frenchmen (along with Hantuchova’s piano playing), this looked like a fun one to watch: