tennis with the stars

American Star Frances Tiafoe returns for second consecutive year.

Rancho Mirage, CA (December 4, 2017) — 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, and finished 2017 as year-end number one for the first time in her career.

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.

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 information about the 2018 lineup will be announced soon. For tickets and event details, please visit: www.tenniswithstars.com

For event and sponsorship information, contact Kimberly Arena at k.arena@cliffdrysdale.com

For media inquiries, contact Joey Hanf at j.hanf@cliffdrysdale.com

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About Cliff Drysdale Management
Founded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Fame member Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson, specializes in daily tennis and fitness operations and management for resorts, hotels and private clubs; sports design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class facilities; educational programs, summer camps, clinics and retreats; and resort, hotel corporate outing planning and leisure operations. CDM is dedicated to growing the game of tennis and strives to develop, promote and teach new programs that bring more tennis to more people. As the sport continues to grow, as does the CDM commitment to hire, educate and advance talented tennis professionals that provide service excellence both on and off the court. Cliff Drysdale Management’s property portfolio currently boasts 30 tennis facilities nationwide, including multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal ranked tennis resorts on Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100 list. For more information, visit www.cliffdrysdale.com

About Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Set on 240 lush acres, the 444-room Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is classic Rancho Mirage re-imagined for the 21st-century traveler. The resort’s offerings include stylish guestrooms; the signature bluEmber restaurant; R Bar lounge and Splashtopia, an exciting water playground complete with water slides, a lazy river and sandy beach. The resort also features a 20,000-square-foot spa, 27-hole Ted Robinson-designed golf course, 25-court Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center and 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. For more information, visit www.omnihotels.com/RanchoLasPalmas.