November 1, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC ) — ATP Touring Professional and North Carolina native John Isner will headline a tennis exhibition in Raleigh on Saturday, November 20, 2010, with proceeds going to the Duke Hospital Ovarian Cancer Research in support of Rhyne Andrews of Raleigh, daughter of former professional tennis player Andy Andrews and his wife Carol. Isner will be joined by Luke Jensen, Irina Falconi and Lauren Herring.
This special charity event will begin at 5pm on the J.W. Isenhour Indoor Tennis Center on the NC State University campus. Play will begin at 5 pm and will include women’s singles, mixed doubles, and men’s singles
Currently ranked #17 on the ATP Tour, Isner’s rise began In 2007 when he led the University of Georgia to an undefeated season and an NCAA Championship. He turned professional later that same year. As a professional, Isner had a break-out performance in the 2009 U.S. Open when he defeated fellow American and the world’s fifth ranked player Andy Roddick. His most famous victory came this past summer at Wimbledon when the 6-foot 9-inch Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in “the longest tennis match ever played.” Currently, he is a member of the 2010 US Davis Cup team.
Isner and his friends are donating their time to play an exhibition in Raleigh to honor Rhyne Andrews, a friend and fellow Georgia Bulldog, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Isner’s mother is an ovarian cancer survivor, so the diagnosis of his 22-year-old friend hit home. Andrews has taken the semester off while she undergoes treatment
“We are truly thankful to John Isner for headlining this event. Many thanks also go out to Duke Hospital, NC State University, Gateway Bank, Melanie Bachelor, Bobby Mariencheck, NC Tennis Association, John McDonald, Luke Jensen, Lauren Herring, Irina Falconi and others for making this event possible.” says Andy Andrews, organizer of the event.
Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.ovarianawareness.org. General seating tickets are $50 and VIP seating is available for $75. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for the event.