World No. 1 To Headline 2018 Tennis With The Stars
World number one Simona Halep will headline Cliff Drysdale Management's 4th annual Tennis With The Stars on March 6, 2018. Hosted at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, the charity event will once again benefit ACEing Autism, a national non-profit that connects children on the autistic spectrum to tennis.
Halep reached the number one ranking on the back of a stellar 2017 campaign that included a 45-17 record, runner-up finish at the French Open and a premiere mandatory title at the Madrid Open. The 26 year old Romanian has finished inside the top five each of the past four seasons.
Halep's current coach and longtime ESPN analyst Darren Cahill will also participate in the event. Cahill's sizable body of work in the tennis world is highlighted by his time working with top players such as Halep, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray amongst others. His expertise has also made him one of the most popular tennis analysts in the world.
Returning for the second consecutive year is American star Frances Tiafoe. The College Park, Maryland native made his mark on the ATP World Tour in 2017, winning over crowds with his electric personality and explosive game style. He took out fellow young gun and world no. 7 Alexander Zverev in Cincinnati before lighting up Arthur Ashe stadium and pushing Roger Federer to five sets.
Tennis With The Stars will once again benefit ACEing Autism, with a portion of all proceeds going to the non-profit organization that connects children on the autistic spectrum to tennis. After a successful launch of the program at Rancho Las Palmas Country Club in 2017, proceeds from the 2018 event will serve to build and strengthen opportunities for local Coachella Valley children on the autistic spectrum to experience tennis.
The event features an intimate gathering of the world's top players to kickoff the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA. A limited number of amateur players will have the chance to compete alongside and against guest stars and players.
More stars and information about the 2018 lineup will be announced soon. For tickets and event details, please visit: www.tenniswithstars.com