WTA and ATP stars swap racquets for racquets

Former ATP and WTA stars traded their clubs for clubs during the BNP Paribas Open earlier this week, teaming up for Sunday and Monday’s first combined member golf event.

Over two fun-filled days in California, ATP and WTA graduates showed off their driving and putting skills at the world-renowned Indian Wells Country Club, trading jokes as they navigated the course.

About 100 people attended on Sunday, 50 on Monday. In addition to the Gulf, guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency and enjoyed a cocktail reception while prizes were distributed.

This is the fifth year that ATP members have gathered for the Indian Wells event, but the first year that they have teamed up with the WTA.

At Sunday’s cocktail reception, WTA President Micky Lawler and ATP SVP Player Relations Fernando Sanchez delivered opening remarks to the guests, who enjoyed reconnecting with like-minded people and sharing their valuable thoughts on how the Tours are providing service to members and fans can improve. ATP alumnus Tracy Delatte oversaw the announcement of the upcoming day’s golf pairings.

golf scores

  • Team Winners: Katrina Adams (Captain), Laurie Warder, Ann Grossman, Ben Warder
  • Team runners-up: Sashi Menon (Captain), Dave Austin, Jim Walker
  • Lowest men’s individual result: Scott Draper
  • Lowest women’s individual result: Katrina Adams
  • Gentlemen’s Longest Drive: Scott Draper
  • Women’s longest drive: Tara Schnyder-Haygarth
  • Closest to the pin: Laurie Warder, Brett Dickinson

Alumni ATP Player Advisory Council member Nico Pereira attended both events and co-hosted the golf awards ceremony with Delatte. At the BNP Paribas Open, the successful golfers received prizes and alumni members also received free tickets to the tournament.

“The ATP and WTA share a rich history and commitment to promoting and growing the sport of tennis,” said Sanchez. “This combined event is a unique opportunity to celebrate our history and strengthen our relationship with the many players who have contributed to our success over the years.”

“We had a great experience,” Pereira called. “The addition of the WTA to the Indian Wells event has been very gratifying. We believe that if we join forces, we will have much success in the future. The entire alumni group that attended and those who heard about it were very excited about the expansion.”

Scott Draper said: “It’s great to be back in Indian Wells for the first time since I was a player. It’s a fantastic event and great for spending time with friends and enjoying the desert. It is an honor to win the Ken Flach Award.”


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