Dani Garza and Marco Osorio, Vero Beach’s Mexican doubles team, were victorious in the “Battle for Billy” doubles exhibition Tuesday at The Boulevard, defeating Christian Docter and Eddie Majcher 6-4 in the one-set final.
The one-night special event was organized by Christophe Delevaut of The Boulevard and “King of the Hill” founder Gigi Casapu as a fund-raiser for area teaching pro Billy Alymeyda, who was severely injured in a car accident several weeks ago on the way to work to the Aquarina Club.
About 400 fans attended the event that featured 12 area tennis pros who played three rotations of “fast 4” sets, with Garza and Osorio, both former Davis Cuppers for Mexico who teach at The Boulevard and Grand Harbor in Vero Beach, respectively, emerging undefeated in the first three matches. Docter, from the Sea Oaks Club, and Majcher, from Palm City, had a 2-1 round-robin record and advanced in a tiebreaker on games lost and tiebreaker points lost.
“His chance to survive was the seat belt and the air bags,” wrote Casapu in an email promoting the event of Alymeyda “His face and one eye were affected due to the air bag expansion at the impact. After surgeries in the hospital, Billy started physiotherapy and recovery process in a specialized center. Right now Billy is continuing his physiotherapy home every day helped by family and professional physiotherapists. Billy makes progress every day, working hard with determination to be healthy again and to be able to do his work at Aquarina Club.Billy is one of the most respected and loved professional in the area because of his work ethic, respect for his club members and fellows professionals, for his professionalism and for his involvement in fund raisers and charity events in Vero Beach and Sebastian communities.”
Those wishing to contribute to the GoFundMe account for Alymeyda, can contribute here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/assistance-for-billy-and-his-family?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer
The Boulevard will next host its marquee event, the 2022 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships $15,000 ITF World Tennis Tour USTA Pro Circuit event, April 25 – May 1.