Davenport to play in Shriver's BCF Tennis Challenge

November 26, 2009|By Sports Digest

Lindsay Davenport, one of just four women to hold the year-end world No.1 ranking four times, has agreed to play in the Baltimore Community Foundation Tennis Challenge next month, joining the world's No. 1 doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, and U.S. Open giant-killers Melanie Oudin and John Isner. "Lindsay is a future Hall of Famer," tournament chairwoman Pam Shriver said. "She ranks along side of Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert as one of only four players who have been ranked year-end No. 1 on four occasions. I can guarantee all of the matches will be ultra competitive." Davenport, 33, is the mother of two and semi-retired. She has not played on the WTA Tour since giving birth to her second child, a daughter, in June. The BCF Tennis Challenge, the longest-running annual charity event in the world, will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at 1st Mariner Arena. The "Let it Rip" Reception and Auction, featuring the Bryan Bros. Band playing music from its new "Let It Rip" album, will kick off Shriver's 24th annual charity fundraiser Dec. 8 at the Tremont Grand Hotel. Tickets can be purchased by calling 410-296-2929. Tickets for the BCF Tennis Challenge are on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets including the 1st Mariner Arena box office, or by calling 410-547-SEAT (7328). Sponsorship and ticket information also can be obtained by calling the tournament office at 410-296-2929 or online at tennischallenge.org.

- Sandra McKee

Varsity: Mount St. Joseph boys basketball coach Pat Clatchey earned his 400th career win as the Gaels (1-0) beat host Severn, 79-48. "It was a nice win, but it's just another game," Clatchey said. "It just shows my longevity." Clatchey is in his 18th season coaching Mount St. Joseph. He said he is pleased with some aspects of his team but called it a "work in progress."Ryley Beaumont led the Gaels with 24 points.

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