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Pro Tennis Stars Come to Centercourt Athletic Club for Charity Event

More than 1,000 people expected to attend Justin Gimelstob Children's Fund Tennis Exhibition Friday.

Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham on Friday is scheduled to host a tennis exhibition featuring James Blake, Andy Roddick, John Isner and Justin Gimelstob. Credit: Patch file
Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham on Friday is scheduled to host a tennis exhibition featuring James Blake, Andy Roddick, John Isner and Justin Gimelstob. Credit: Patch file
A tennis exhibition to raise money for charity is set to bring tennis stars, celebrities and more than a thousand fans to Chatham Friday.

The Justin Gimelstob Children's Fund Tennis Exhibition is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham. It will be the sixth time the event is held at the club on North Passaic Avenue.

Centercourt Athletic Club is "excited" to host the event, which "will feature tennis legends including Andy Roddick, John Isner, James Blake, and of course Justin Gimelstob, who trained as a rising star at Centercourt," according to the club's website.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the tennis exhibition begins at 7 p.m. Live and silent auctions of tennis, sports and entertainment memorabilia will take place throughout the evening. Money raised will benefit a variety of children's charities, including the Valerie Fund.

Tennis clinics in the afternoon have sold out. Tickets for the exhibition are available.

 “When we started this event and my foundation fifteen years ago, I could never have imagined it would have grown into what it is today," Gimelstob said in a news release. "It brings me so much pleasure to come back home and bring world-class tennis with me ... all for a great cause.”

Gimelstob, a retired tennis champion and now a sports broadcaster and player representative on the ATP World Tour Board of Directors, will be joined by former world No. 1 and US Open champion Andy Roddick, former world No. 4 James Blake, current top American player John Isner, former Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe, according to an announcement for the event.

Gimelstob's friends and tennis enthusiasts Golden Globe Award-winner David Duchovny and models Anne Vyalitsyna and Brooklyn Decker also are expected to attend, the announcement says.

For more information visit http://www.thevaleriefund.org/jgcf/

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