Mark Knowles 2009 Celebrity Tennis Invitational

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The Mark Knowles 2009 Celebrity Tennis Invitational — an annual charity event run by Mark Knowles and his mother Vicky (pictured below with Mark) — took place last weekend. To date the charity event has raised over four hundred thousand dollars for Bahamian charities.

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Andy Roddick could not make it this year (but he plans to make it for 2010), thankfully former ATP newcomer of the year, Benjamin Becker (presently ranked #40) made an appearance. With a serve that can top 130’s — he did not disappoint.

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Also Mark’s Mixed Doubles partner who “carried” 🙂 Mark to his his first 2009 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Championship — Anna-Lena Groenefeld — made an appearance as well.

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  The always entertaining Robert Kendrick…

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BB signing autographs.

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Jared Palmer poaching…

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Olga Savchuk from the Ukraine demostrating a “Steffi” like forehand.

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Mark Knowles & Thierry Matthey (winners) of the Pro-Am.

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News anchorwoman Robbin Whachell of Bahamas Weekly who did an amazing job covering the event.

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Keeping your “eye” on the ball…

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Martin Damm demonstrating Edberg-esque form.

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National Tennis Center…

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Bahamian Davis Cupper Marvin Rolle…

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Dinner at the Fathoms Restaurant, Atlantis.

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Players and sponsors…

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Olga teasing the fishies…

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Yes, that is Roger Federer’s racquet — all 90 square inches of it. Strung kind of lose with gut on the mains, and luxilon rough on the crosses.

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Mark and his lovely wife.

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You can see the full galleries here.

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