Scottsdale Tennis Week raises money for local charities

Scottsdale Tennis Week will be March 28-31. (Photo courtesy of Desert Smash event in California)

Scottsdale Tennis Week is set for its inaugural debut March 28-31 at Scottsdale Fashion Square’s event venue north of the shopping enter, combining tennis, culinary and unique daily event experiences.

Each day, a different theme pits various high-profile players competing against each other, all in the name of charity.

Carvana has signed on as the title sponsor of this event. Local nonprofits Lerner and Rowe Gives Back and the LovePup Foundation will be the beneficiaries, according to a press release.

The event includes the Scottsdale Desert Smash on Saturday, March 30. Special appearances throughout the week include national recording artist and producer/DJ, Paul Oakenfold; ‘80s cover band, Yachtly Crew; celebrity chef, Art Smith; actress, Jamie Chung; actor, Bryan Greenberg, plus more to be announced.

Athletes confirmed include broadcaster and former NFL player, Jay Feely; pro baseball player, Josh Collmenter; and former pro tennis player, Mark Woodforde. On site restaurant partners include locally owned Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles and Sauce and many more to be announced.

Scottsdale Tennis Week schedule

  • Thursday, March 28: Top alumni from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University will compete for the AZ College Showdown. The event will feature former star athletes, celebrities and alumni. The winner will receive $5,000.
  • Friday, March 29: The AZ Celebrity Serve day includes local celebrities from sports and entertainment that will compete for $10,000 to go to their favorite charity. The Serve Afterparty includes a performance by Oakenfold.
  • Saturday, March 30: The Scottsdale Desert Smash is a charity celebrity tennis event where Hollywood and professional tennis collides. In its 15th year; Desert Smash takes place at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California and organizers picked Scottsdale as their first market for expansion.
  • Sunday, March 31: STW concludes with Volley! This full day of pro tennis exhibitions features some of the top tennis talent on tour and includes culinary options as well as entertainment on and off the courts.

Along with an action-filled week, yoga on the courts will be offered all four days from 8 to 9 a.m. It will be free to the public on Thursday. Friday and Saturday. Sunday morning yoga costs $100 and includes brunch, music and a mimosa, bloody Mary and beer bar.

General admission to STW is $50 per day. People can follow STW on Instagram @Scottsdaletennisweek and Twitter at @STW2019 for promotional codes up to 50 percent off. VIP tickets are $250 per day and include that day’s nightly concert event with a special viewing area as well as beer, wine, spirits and an exclusive culinary experience.

For more information about Scottsdale Tennis Week and to buy tickets, visit

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