The Schick Xtreme Tennis Challenge charity match, held the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7 in Seattle, raised $1.4 million for the Breast Care and Cancer Research Center at UW Medical Center. The UWMC Breast Cancer Tennis Tournament Gift Fund will support research, patient treatment programs and equipment purchases.
The overall event was won by Team Agassi Andre Agassi; Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos; and Jonathan Stark. Pete Sampras captained the other team of Bill Gates, Microsoft chair and chief software architect; Martina Navratilova, and Jim Courier. Agassi and Gates played Sampras and Bezos in celebrity pro-am doubles. Next Navratilova and Agassi played a singles match, then Sampras and Courier played Agassi and Stark in a doubles match. The final match was between Agassi and Sampras.
The tennis stars and high-tech magnates took on the cause of breast cancer research to honor Janet Stark, mother of Jonathan, and Elizabeth Agassi, mother of Andre, after both mothers were diagnosed with breast cancer. Andre Agassi's sister, Tami, diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30, was honorary chair of the event.