Davenport joins Challenge

Tennis

October 24, 2006|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER

Former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport has been added to the 2006 Mercantile Tennis Challenge, completing the field.

Tennis Challenge officials said yesterday that Davenport, ranked No. 18, will play mixed doubles with Mike Bryan against Bob Bryan and Martina Navratilova.

The Challenge is scheduled for Dec. 6 at 1st Mariner Arena.

Already set to play are the Bryans, the world No. 1 doubles team and Navratilova, who with Bob Bryan won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title - the 59th title, and the last Grand Slam title of her career, before announcing her retirement from competitive tennis.

Mardy Fish, the Athens Olympic tennis silver medalist, and Robby Ginepri, a rising American, are confirmed for the featured singles match.

"We are excited to be showcasing such an exciting group of both young and veteran players," tournament chairman and founder Pam Shriver said. "From top to bottom, this may be the most talented group of players we have assembled for one night."

Over the years, the tournament has raised more than $4 million for children's charities through the Baltimore Community Foundation.

Tickets, ranging from $20 to $100, are available at the 1st Mariner box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, via Ticketmaster Phone Charge at 410-547-7328 or online at www.tennischallenge.org. Additional ticket and sponsorship information can be obtained by calling the tournament office at 410-296-2929.

sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

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