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Fave Dallas Mavericks champ aces weekend-long tennis tournament benefit

Dallas Mavericks champ aces weekend-long tennis tournament benefit

Greg Sharko, Jessica Notitzki, Karen Sharko
Greg Sharko, Jessica Notitzki, Karen Sharko Photo by Danny Bollinger
Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki addresses the crowd at dinner. Photo by Danny Bollinger
Dawn and Mark Knowles
Mark Knowles, Dawn Knowles Photo by Danny Bollinger
Dean Lim, Camelia Georgiana Marta, Vivian Lombardi, Alberto Lombardi
Dean Lim, Camelia Georgiana Marta, Vivian Lombardi, Alberto Lombardi Photo by Danny Bollinger
Dennis Smith Jr., Jamahl Mosley, Scott Tomlin
Dennis Smith Jr., Jamahl Mosley, Scott Tomlin Photo by Danny Bollinger
Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke performs. Photo by Danny Bollinger
Jan Rees-Jones, Trevor Rees-Jones
Jan Rees-Jones, Trevor Rees-Jones Photo by Danny Bollinger
Dirk Nowitzki tennis tournament
Tennis tournament participants Photo by Danny Bollinger
Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Andy Roddick
Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Andy Roddick Photo by Danny Bollinger
Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki celebrates. Photo by Danny Bollinger
Jessica Nowitzki
Jessica Nowitzki hits the court. Photo by Danny Bollinger
Tommy Haas
Tommy Haas Photo by Danny Bollinger
Greg Sharko, Jessica Notitzki, Karen Sharko
Dirk Nowitzki
Dawn and Mark Knowles
Dean Lim, Camelia Georgiana Marta, Vivian Lombardi, Alberto Lombardi
Dennis Smith Jr., Jamahl Mosley, Scott Tomlin
Robin Thicke
Jan Rees-Jones, Trevor Rees-Jones
Dirk Nowitzki tennis tournament
Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Andy Roddick
Dirk Nowitzki
Jessica Nowitzki
Tommy Haas

 Just 24 hours before players in the third annual Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic took to the courts, rain and gray skies had event organizers glued to the radar and crossing their fingers. By the morning of the tournament in mid-September, however, blue skies had prevailed and fans began pouring into their seats at the SMU Tennis Complex. 

The annual tournament raises vital funds for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation.

At a pre-tournament press conference, the beloved Dallas Mavs champ joked with celebrity friends and players — including tennis legends Andy Roddick, Mark Knowles, Tommy Haas, and Taylor Dent; pro wakeboarder Steel Lafferty, and Dallas Mavericks Devin Harris and Dwight Powell. Then the competition got serious.

As celebrity and amateur players took to the courts, emcees Ben & Skin from 105.3 The Fan provided play-by-play commentary and interviews.

In the final round, former tennis pro Mark Knowles and amateur Camelia Georgiana Marta defeated tennis pro Mitchell Krueger and amateur Jessica Nowitzki, 10-5.

The night before, the Nowitzkis hosted a star-studded dinner and live auction at the Joule in downtown Dallas. Guests, including Dallas Mavericks players and coaches, also were treated to a performance by hit singer Robin Thicke.

"We much, much appreciate the support from the team," Nowitzki says in a release. "It was a good weekend and good support from the Mavs family for sure."