James Blake began playing tennis as a member of the Harlem Junior Tennis Program at age 5. As a child, he had to overcome severe scoliosis which forced him to wear a back brace 18 hours a day. Blake, best known for his speed and powerful forehand, reached 3 Grand Slam quarterfinals and, in 2006, became the first African-American player since Arthur Ashe to reach the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings.
In the early 90s he dominated the men’s professional tennis circuit with a game he fashioned out of grit, determination and a punishing insideout forehand. He was the first in his class – which included Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi – to hold the No. 1 world ranking. In 2005, Jim was elected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Mardy Fish is a former world no. 7 and U.S. number 1 singles player. He reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinals at the 2007 Australian Open, knocking off the 4th seed Ivan Ljubicic before losing to Andy Roddick. Fish reached 3 Grand Slam quarterfinals, the 2004 Olympic final and won 14 career ATP titles.
Robby Ginepri is a former world No. 15 singles player. His best Grand Slam result came at the 2005 US Open, where Ginepri became the first player in the open era to play four consecutive five set matches, defeating Tommy Haas, Richard Gasquet and Guillermo Coria in consecutive five-set matches before falling to Andre Agassi in a five-set semifinal.
- 3:00 PM - Play with the Pros Session A with Courier/Blake
- 4:00 PM - Play with the Pros Session B with Ginepri/Fish
- 5:30 PM - Player Party Experience
- 6:00 PM - Doors Open to General Public
- 6:30 PM - Backstage Experience
- 7:00 PM - Semi-final #1 Courier/Blake
- 8:00 PM - Semi-final #2 Ginepri/Fish
- 9:00 PM - Finals
- 10:00 PM - Event Conclusion