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Roddick, Courier to Battle in Cashiers Exhibition Match

Two of the greatest competitors in tennis history will play a charity exhibition match on Saturday, July 27, at Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers, North Carolina.

Recently retired superstar and new Cashiers homeowner Andy Roddick takes the court against good friend and fellow superstar Jim Courier in The UCB Mountain Challenge. The event is hosted by the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and benefits Mountain Youth Charities.

Roddick is passionate about brightening the futures of our country’s youth. It iwas no wonder that when he chose to become a seasonal resident of the Cashiers community, he wanted to do something to help the kids in the community.

The marquee matchup brings together players who have been ranked   No. 1 in the world. Roddick held that position following his victory in the 2003 U.S. Open, one of 32 ATP titles in his career. Courier, meanwhile, was the world’s No. 1 player four times in the 1990s. He totaled 23 ATP victories, include four Grand Slam titles.

The UCB Mountain Challenge will also include two preliminary matches. The first is a battle between top-ranked juniors Thai Kwiatkowski of Charlotte and Korey Lovett of Brevard, and the second is a doubles match pairing the winners of a local pro-am versus Roddick & Courier.

Other festivities include a Friday evening Mountain Dinner Gala hosted by Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley with acclaimed Executive Chef John Fleer, and a Saturday morning VIP breakfast with Roddick and Courier.

Tickets for this unique event are on sale now. Fans can also choose from an array of luxury box tickets, VIP tickets , reserved seats and group packages.

“This is exciting for our club and the Cashiers community,” said Scott Handback, General Manager of Cedar Creek. “We’re thrilled to provide folks in the Carolinas and Georgia with a rare chance to see two of the world’s best tennis players compete in such a scenic mountain setting.”

The charity match came about when Roddick and wife, actress Brooklyn Decker, decided to live in Cashiers on a seasonal basis. They wanted to make a difference locally by helping young people, so they met with long-time Cashiers resident and businessman William McKee.

“The goal is to establish a long-term program for all kids in this area,” McKee said. “A new non-profit – Mountain Youth Charities – has been formed for that sole purpose.”

Grounds open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 27. The VIP breakfast and the junior match begin at 10 a.m., followed by Roddick and Courier facing the pro-am doubles champs at 11 a.m. The main event, pitting Roddick versus Courier, is at 11:30 a.m.

For More Information on the event or to purchase tickets visit www.cashiers.com or call 1-828-743-3411.