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PCF pro/am tour players headed out to the desert for the 9th year in spectacular Indian Wells, CA, signaling the start of another exciting year of PCF pro/am competition! Participants met in the VIP center court suite, on Friday evening, for the traditional meet and greet cocktail party, as well as to view the evening matches of the BNP Paribas Open.
Following the first day of competition at the tournament site, everyone gathered in the suite for lunch and a fantastic afternoon watching the two men’s semi-final matches of the BNP Paribas Open. Year after year, the world’s 5th largest tournament provides fantastic matches and yet again failed to disappoint with Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer, Jack Sock, and Pablo Carreno entertaining and delighting the sold out stadium with amazing tennis in unbelievably hot, desert conditions.
On Saturday evening all of our participants headed to the spectacular Merv Griffin estate. Guests were treated to a sit down dinner and entertainment on the terrace, with sweeping, moonlit views of the desert skyline.
Perfect weather conditions greeted everyone on Sunday morning for the final two rounds of the pro/am. After completing the round robin matches, the first final featured last year’s finalist, Kern Schumacher, and PCF tour pro partner, Andrei Pavel, competing against veteran Indian Wells amateur, Dick Merkin, and the legendary doubles professional, Daniel Nestor. Dick and Daniel went on to defeat Kern and Andrei giving Dick yet another title to add to his long list of former victories over his past 19 years of competition.
The other final featured Victor Assad and pro, Robert Kendrick, playing against another long time PCF pro/am competitor, Ralph Finerman, and pro Jared Palmer. In another great final, Victor and Robert defeated Ralph and Jared, giving Victor his first PCF pro/am title!
Following the trophy award ceremony and lunch, participants watched the BNP Paribas women’s and men’s finals. Elena Vesnina defeated fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first match and the ageless Roger Federer defeated Stan Wawrinka in the second all-Swiss final.
Congratulations to the winners and finalists for providing exceptionally entertaining tennis for all of the spectators.
The 2017 leader board features Victor Assad and Dick Merkin leading, followed closely by Marie Bernstein, Ralph Finerman, and Kern Schumacher.
On behalf of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors: The Charles Evans Foundation, Movado, Alerion, Babolat and Herschel Bonschek.
Next Stop: Greenwich!
PCF Pro/Am Tour Director
Victor Assad/Robert Kendrick
Eric Davidson/Vince Spadea
Jerry Katell/Rick Leach
Rich Lipeles/Don Johnson
Marie Bernstein/Teymuraz Gabashvili
Ben Black/Amer Delic
Fred Luddy/John Lloyd
Steve Powers/Scott Lipsky
Ted Knetzger/Alex Bogomolov J.R
Julian Krinsky/Tina Krinsky
Rachel Neeleman/Scott Davis
Ellis Jones/Trey Waltke
Dailey Pattee/Florin Mergea
Jim Muscarella/Andreas Siljestrom
Ralph Finerman/Jared Palmer
Dick Merkin/Daniel Nestor
Jack Barcal/Treat Huey
Kern Schumacher/Andrei Pavel
Randy Glicksman/Johan Brunstrom
David Cipriano/Jim Ault