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By T.J. Clemente It did rain a great deal last Sunday, but the show went on for the Sixth Annual Pro/Am Tennis Invitational for Prostate Cancer Foundation hosted this year by the Ross School, and benefiting The Prostate Cancer Foundation founded by Michael Milken. Featuring tennis legend Jimmy Connors, the player with the most singles titles ever in the history of professional men’s tennis, the play was zestful, competitive and quite entertaining to the spectators, including Ross School Founder Courtney Ross and legendary fashion designer Donna Karan. No one loved this type of event more than Steve Ross, who was

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a dear friend of Milken. Other pros participating were Jimmy Arias, Luke and Murphy Jensen, Vince Spadea, Justin Gimelstob, Jared Palmer, Don Johnston, Johan Kriek, Rick Leach, Ellis Ferreira and Scott Davis. The event was one of four in the Charles Evans Prostate Cancer Foundation Pro/Am Tour, which has raised over $12.5 million for the foundation founded by Milken, a prostate cancer survivor, in 1993. It has helped build a global research enterprise of nearly $10 billion. The real winner was prostate cancer research, with Milken’s strong vibrant presence at the facility as living proof of the importance of early detection and rapid treatment to combat and arrest this killing disease. In fact, a recent “60 Minutes” broadcast credited Milken and the foundations he supports for doing the “most” for funding of research and awareness. As for the tournament, the format was reduced to playing four games with three divisions, with a pro and a contributing amateurs who donated a sizeable sum to the cause to be in the draw. The Joel Pashcow/Paul Hanley team ended up with a title. The Dick Merkin/Jimmy Arias and Rodney Propp/Rick Leach teams shared a title. I watched Joel Paschow actually catch Jimmy Connors poaching and calmly roll a confident forehand down the lane as Connors was rolling crosscourt to attempt a pouch. Quite frankly the level of that match was senior U.S. Open level. Arias took the time to tell me about his basketball-playing daughter and tennis-playing son. He seemed very happy with his life and family. I first saw a 15-year-old Jimmy Arias at the Holiday Inn, San Petro, Rome, Italy in 1983, hitting balls under the eyes of then coach Nick Bollettieri. Arias was playing in the Italian Open, which he won. The Jensen brothers were again a friendly presence adding to the event with their charm, spirit and measured wildness. Ross School Director of Tennis Program, Vinicius Carmo, (Brazil and #1 singles at University of Tennessee) and his staff did a phenomenal job fighting the rain and making the courts playable. Michele Claeys, Head of School at Ross, told me during the rain delay that this (continued on page 46)

Dan's Papers Aug. 27, 2010  

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Dan's Papers Aug. 27, 2010  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...