Thursday, July 20, 2006

Full Roster of the Celebrity Tennis Challenge at the Rogers Cup (Toronto) Announced

The list of celebrities that will be participating in the Celebrity Tennis Challenge at the Rogers Cup (Toronto) has been announced in this Tennis Canada press release.

To further elaborate on my previous blog entry that discussed this event, 16 world-renown celebrities will be taking to the courts on Thursday, August 10, 2006.

The Tennis Canada press release states that:

Stars of the music, entertainment, food, and media industry, as well as superstar athletes, will be competing against each other to benefit the floor tennis program, which offers young children in poor families the chance to learn to play tennis.

and,

The 16 competing celebrities will engage in a round robin consisting of four 20-minute doubles matches at a time. All matches will take place on the four practice courts to the east of the Centre of Excellence.

The following celebrities are set to participate in this challenge (subject to withdrawals and/or injury of course (just like real tennis players!):

Music and Entertainment
Jake Gold (Canadian Idol judge)
Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo)

Food
Susur Lee (world-renown chef)


Media
Holly Horton (TSN)
Nick Kypreos (NHL alumni and Rogers Sportsnet hockey analyst)
Gord Martineau (City TV)


Politics
George Smitherman (Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care)


Sports World
Nik Antropov (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Todd Brooker (former world No. 1 skier)
Grant Connell (Rogers Cup presented by American Express tournament director)
Gary Leeman (NHL alumni)
Mark Napier (NHL alumni)
Jason Spezza (Ottawa Senators)
Tom Wright (CFL commissioner)
Daniel Nestor and Mark Knowles (current ATP No. 3 doubles team)

16 schools and/or community centres have been earmarked to receive the floor tennis program. The complete list can be found at the press release.

My money is on Nestor/Knowles... but in the end it doesn't matter, as it is the kids in the schools/community centres that win most of all.

To Joe, who wanted Doug Gilmour in the Celebrity Tennis Challenge, sorry, looks like it isn't going happen.


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