Once again, the Bryan Bros. Foundation was the big winner as more than $100,000 was raised at the annual V-Grid Tennis Fest presented by Alexander Cadillac and Esurance and featuring Mike and Bob Bryan.
The all-time winningest doubles team in tennis history was joined by former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and other friends in presenting $16,000 checks to the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association, Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons, Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo and the Oaks Christian High School tennis program. The Foundation will distribute the remaining funds raised to other deserving groups throughout the year.
“We so appreciate all the fans coming out to support our Bryan Bros. Foundation’s big day,” Mike Bryan said. “The funds we raise from the Tennis Fest go right back into the community where we grew up and will benefit the area’s children’s programs.”
Added Bob Bryan: “It was great having Vika come out to help us entertain and play for the fans today. It was fun playing mixed doubles with her again and it was all for a good cause.”
In a very entertaining main exhibition mixed doubles match former French Open champions Bob Bryan and Azarenka beat Mike Bryan and Las Vegas’ Kimberly Yee, 6-2. Other pros playing exhibitions and in the pro-am included Justin Gimelstob, Jeff Tarango and Hank Pfister.
Junior exhibitions included the VCJTA All-Stars against the SBTP All-Stars as well as the Las Vegas Team Bryan juniors vs. the CIF-SS Division III Oaks Christian High team.
The event was attended by more than 800 people with 25 food and wine vendors serving throughout the day. This was the fifth year in a row Tennis Fest has been hosted at the Spanish Hills Country Club and was emceed by the twins’ father, Wayne Bryan. The day concluded with the Bryan Bros. Band entertaining the crowd.
Curtis Wright of Minneapolis, Minn., won the Pro-Am Tournament, while Trevor Short of Atlanta was second and Harold Edwards of Santa Paula, Calif., was third.
“Bob and Mike always make time in their very busy schedule to give back to the children of Ventura County and throughout Southern California,” said event organizer Dave McKinney. “The mixed doubles exhibition was so exciting and fun to watch, the fans wanted to see more. Vika was so good with all the fans and so entertaining and really added to the fun day for all the fans.”