The “Wild Card” event for the 2024 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships will be held Wednesday February 28 through Friday March 1 at the Sea Oaks Beach and Tennis Club in Vero Beach, Florida. The event has been dubbed “the best wild card tournament in the world”
The winner of this event will receive a main draw singles wild card into the $15,000 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships USTA Pro Circuit event to be held April 22-28 at the Vero Beach Tennis & Fitness Club and the runner-up will receive a qualifying singles wild card into the event. A third place match will be played to determine a “pecking order” as alternates to these positions. Matches are best of three sets with a match tiebreaker for a third set.
To sign up for the event, click on the UTR Sports website here: https://app.utrsports.net/events/205240?_ref=randyw456&shared=true
The schedule of play will be feed-in matches starting at about Noon on Wednesday and then round of 16 matches on Wednesday to follow. The quarterfinals will be played on Thursday at about 1 pm. The semifinals will be played at 10 am on Friday morning, followed by the third place match, after rest and the final will be held at about 4 pm on Friday afternoon. If the event receives more than 24 entries, best efforts will be made to potentially play feed in matches into the final 24 entries on Tuesday afternoon/evening. No promises but we will try and work to give as many players as possible competitive opportunities.
Matches are always supported by hundreds of fans attending daily. See a review video of the 2023 event here https://youtu.be/Pmb49avrsQQ?si=RYGAz6i33gE0cN5o
The winner of the event will have their name engraved on the perpetual “Paul Delaney Cup,” honoring the memory of the former Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation board member Paul Delaney, who was a member of the Sea Oaks Club. In 2024, Matthew Segura, the great nephew of tennis Hall of Famer Pancho Segura, won the event for a fourth time in five editions of the event defeating former Stanford All-American Ryan Haviland in the final.