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Serena vs Venus at BallenIsles

The Palm Beach Post

Serena Williams at BallenIsles

Serena Williams at BallenIsles



Press Release

Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. Jan 23, 2012 -These pictures and TV news clips capture the action at the new Sports Complex at BallenIsles Country Club  where Member residents and world-class tennis sensations, Venus and Serena Williams faced off against each other on the Stadium Court on Friday, December 23, 2011.

The Mixed Doubles exhibition from 3 – 4:30 pm paired Venus with her hitting partner David Witt against Serena and her hitting partner Sasha Bajin.

“Venus and Serena’s fiery competitiveness on the court, is matched only by how incredibly close they are off court which is probably why they’re also the No. 1 ranked doubles pair,” Exhibition Director and BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner said.

Venus Williams at BallenIsles Country Club Celebrity Tennis Exhibition

Venus Williams at BallenIsles


The Celebrity Doubles Exhibition featuring Venus vs. Serena was followed by another Mixed Doubles exhibition. Both events were complimentary to Members and their guests with voluntary donations benefiting the charity Project Aspiration (,  a customized mobile learning center designed to travel to communities throughout Palm Beach County, delivering educational service where  needed. The mobile learning center bus, equipped with 19 Satellite Internet-Ready Learning Stations complete with computers, flat panel Monitors and a Flat Panel  47′ Instructor Monitor, was on display throughout the afternoon at BallenIsles.

BallenIsles GM Derrick Barnett with Venus, Serena and BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner

BallenIsles GM Derrick Barnett with Venus, Serena and BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner

“Serena and I always look forward to playing against each other on the Stadium Court in an event that will entertain members and benefit such a worthy cause,” Venus said.

BallenIsles Country Club has been lending its world class tennis facilities to a number of charitable causes and the Club’s teaching professionals also donate their time extensively.

A Who’s Who of Grand Slam champions have played on the new BallenIsles Stadium court, including Virginia Wade, Stan Smith, Fred Stolle, Mats Wilander, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Venus Williams.

Nestled in the heart of South Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens, BallenIsles ( is highly regarded as a unique, private residential community with a distinguished history. Home to some of the world’s top professional athletes and business leaders, it boasts 3 championship courses with 54 holes of golf, 22 world class tennis courts and a new, state-of-the-art Sports Complex.

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