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WTA excitement returns to Racquet Park on March 23

WTA excitement returns to Racquet Park on March 23

published: March 11th, 2024 by in AIPCA Updates, News & Events, Special Events

As part of our AIP 50th anniversary celebrations, AIPCA will host “Game, Set, Match!” on Saturday, March 23, to mark the important role WTA tennis played in the history of AIP. Former AIP touring professional and resident Kathy Rinaldi will be joined by WTA standouts Ann Grossman and Brenda Schultz, who all competed at AIP, will return for a day of court-focused activities at Racquet Park.

Kathy Rinaldi playing in Racquet Park in 1981 when she was only 14.

Rinaldi, who turned pro at age 14, was a WTA Top 10 professional tennis player in singles and doubles and reached the semifinals at all Grand Slam tournaments in singles/doubles or mixed. She is currently USTA Head of Women’s Tennis. Ann Grossman played more than 40 Grand Slams and made the fourth round of the US and French Opens and third round of the Australia Open and Wimbledon. Brenda Schultz’s career-high rankings were No. 7 in doubles, No. 9 in singles. She won 16 WTA Tour titles (7 singles & 9 doubles) and reached the quarterfinals or better at three of the four Grand Slams.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Center Court at Racquet Park and watch a free exhibition doubles game with the pros at 4 pm March 23. Immediately following the game, spectators can participate in a Player Q&A. Entry is first come, first served the day of the match. Chairs will not be provided.

VIP Access offers a limited number of AIP community members and Amelia Island Club members not only the best views of the match (with chairs provided), but also access to meet and mingle, obtain autographs or take photos courtside with the pros following the Player Q&A. Cost is $40 +tax.

An exclusive clinic at 2:30 pm March 23 will allow a limited number of tennis enthusiasts to get in the action with these incredible players! Enjoy a 90-minute game and live-ball clinic in Racquet Park. In this fast-paced clinic, servers and returners are replaced by champions and challengers. Clinic participants also receive VIP Access to the exhibition match at 4 pm. Cost is $100 +tax. 

Purchase of VIP Access and Clinic + VIP Access is only through Eventbrite; links are in the calendar on the member dashboard at aipca.net. Please do not contact Cliff Drysdale Tennis or Tennis Pro Shop staff.