Olympic gold medalist and tennis champion Gigi Fernandez dazzled party goers at the Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association Spring Benefit on Friday. The 17-time Grand Slam doubles champion was a huge draw for tennis enthusiasts and other supporters of the 34-year-old RSTTA program, which builds lives through tennis and education. Over 300 guests enjoyed the evening at the Greenville Country Club, which included passed hors d’oeuvres, a festive wine wall raffle, a silent auction, and remarks by Fernandez. The entire event is planned by a slim RSTTA staff and a core group of enthusiastic volunteers.
A native of Puerto Rico, Fernandez won the Gold Medal in tennis in 1992 and 1996 and was considered one of the best doubles players of her era. “We beat many with far better forehands, backhands and serves. We beat opponents who individually were better tennis players,” quipped Fernandez, who said positioning and strategy were keys to her successful career.
Every year RSTTA brings a well-known tennis star to Wilmington to help showcase the Spring Benefit. “From Gigi Fernandez, to Jim Courier, Stan Smith and others, we are grateful to the many champions of tennis who have come to Wilmington on our behalf,” said RSTTA Board Chair Joel Friedlander.