Triannual Condor Capital Charity Open
About the Open
The Triannual Condor Capital Charity Open was hosted in the month of December, both in 2010 and 2013, at Courtside Racquet Club in Lebanon, New Jersey. The events of the day are described below in depth; each year featuring tennis pros that instruct, match, and interact with the Open’s attendees, while also signing a fair-share of autographs. The procedes collected from the event were donated to different local charities, each year donating around $40,000 to different causes. Upcoming in December of 2016, our third-ever Condor Capital Charity Open will be hosted in support of more local charities, featuring events starring yet another group of iconic tennis pros.
90-Minute Clinic with the Pros
The 90-minute Open Clinic offered attendees the chance to get on the court and learn from the Pros! Whether you were a beginner or an experienced player, those who participated in the clinic explained it as "fun and informative." During the clinic, participants worked on their serve, forehand, backhand, overhead volleys, and other shots through various drills and games with the pros.
The Pro-Am Doubles tournament was a great opportunity for participants to compete with and against players that have won big matches on some of the grandest stages around the world! Participation was limited to those who have a National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) qualification of 3.5 or higher. (For more information on the rating scale, please click here) Both years individually, the Pro-Am tournments helped raise over $40,000 for various chairties.
Meet the Pros Cocktail Party
By attending the Meet the Pros Cocktail Party, participants and sponsors had the chance to get up close and meet the Pros, as well as have the opportunity to get autographs and a picture taken with them! Both years, the event was catered by Metropolitan Seafood, with refreshments provided by Bishops Wine and Liquors.
In 2010, the tennis match featured the Bryan Brothers verses Justin Gimelstob and Eric Butorac. The Bryan Brothers were victorious and overall the game was a success with Joe Piscopo providing entertaining commentary and analysis. In 2013, the tennis match highlighted the 40th anniversary of the nationally-televised “Battle of the Sexes” match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in Houston, Texas. To celebrate that iconic match, which was viewed by an estimated 50 million people in the US and still holds the record for largest crowd at a tennis match on American soil, the Condor Capital Charity Open featured Luke Jensen against Alison Riske head-to-head in a singles match. Just as Billie Jean King won 40 years prior, Alison Riske was the victor of the "Battle of the Sexes" match.
Joe Piscopo is an American comedian and actor best known for his work on Saturday Night Live where he played a variety of recurring characters. . Piscopo was best known for his impressions of such celebrities as Frank Sinatra. He was born in Passaic, New Jersey and grew up in North Caldwell. Both in 2010 and in 2013, Joe acted as the Condor Capital Charity Open’s master of ceremonies, drawing a lot of laughter from the attendees with his amusing commentary.