Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic
Dirk Nowitzki has conquered basketball, sold out charity baseball games, and will now show off his skills on a different court. With racquet in hand, the NBA All-Star and Dallas Mavericks legend returns to his first love, hosting the inaugural Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic.
The roster of all-stars joining Dirk for the round-robin competition will include:
- Andy Roddick, 2003 Grand Slam singles champion who is considered one of the most influential, successful and quotable tennis players of all time. Finished in the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for nine straight years (2002-2010)
- Ben Stiller, actor and filmmaker
- Benjamin Becker, German pro player, former Baylor University standout, and three-time All-American
- Mark Knowles, Grand Slam doubles champion and five-time Olympian representing the Bahamas
- Boris Kodjoe, German actor known for his roles as Jason in the 2000 film Love & Basketball and the sports-courier agent Damon Carter on the Showtime drama series Soul Food
- J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks point guard who played on the Mavs’ 2011 NBA championship team
- Harrison Barnes, forward for the Dallas Mavericks
- Mitchell Krueger, Fort Worth native and tennis player ranked #192 in doubles on the ATP World Tour
Proceeds benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which awards grants annually to organizations focusing on children’s wellbeing, health and education. Event sponsors are Nancy and Richard Rogers, Morgan Stanley, Headington Companies, Nike, The Joule Hotel, RBC Wealth Management, Whitebox Real Estate, The Richards Group and Wilson.