The Legends Ball, which benefits the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, returns to Cipriani 42nd Street, in New York City, on Friday, September 10 - the last Friday of the US Open. Regarded as the premier social event of the US Open, this special night of celebration will honor a host of tennis luminaries including the Hall of Fame Class of 2010. Held annually since 1980, the Legends Ball brings the tennis world together to celebrate the history of the game and to honor some of the sport's great contributors all while raising money for the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.
A legendary line-up of tennis greats will be in attendance, including more than a dozen Hall of Famers and tennis dignitaries. The event will honor the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2010 - the 14-time Grand Slam doubles tandem of Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva; legendary Australian doubles partners Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, winners of 11 Grand Slam championships; fellow Aussie men's and mixed doubles champion Owen Davidson, winner of 12 Grand Slam titles; wheelchair tennis pioneer Brad Parks; and Derek Hardwick, who was instrumental in the transition to the Open Era.
In addition to honoring the Class of 2010, the International Tennis Hall of Fame will also recognize several other people and organizations for their contributions to the sport with the Eugene L. Scott Award and the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Award. The Legends Ball auction will also be held, in which past items have included hit sessions with Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Monica Seles; ticket and travel packages to Grand Slam events; golf at legendary courses like Winged Foot; autographed tennis memorabilia from Roger Federer, James Blake and Andre Agassi; exotic vacation packages; and golf, baseball, hockey, basketball and football tickets and memorabilia.
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