Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. Jan 1 Before departing for the Australian OpenBallenIsles Country Club’s Member residents and world-class tennis sensations, Venus and Serena Williams teamed up in doubles matches on the Stadium Court of the Club’s state-of-the-art Sports Complex.

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The celebrity tennis exhibition from 3 – 4:30 pm on December 22, pit the Williams sisters against Brenda Schultz-McCarthy who holds the world record for the fastest serve and Nicole Melichar from Stuart, Florida who has won two singles and four doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career.
The Williams sisters also took on Serena’s hitting partner Sasha Bajin and BallenIsles USPTA Pro 1 Ricardo Mendivil.
“Venus and Serena’s competitiveness on court, is matched only by how incredibly close they are off court which makes them a formidable doubles team like no other,” Exhibition Director and BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner said.
The Celebrity Tennis Exhibition was complimentary to Members and their guests, with voluntary donations to benefit the Serena Williams Foundation (, which assists families affected by violent crimes throughout the U.S. and also helps high school students who wish to continue their education to build a better world.
“Serena and I enjoy playing with each other on the Stadium Court in an event that entertains members and benefits such a worthy cause,” Venus said.
BallenIsles Country Club has been lending its world class facilities to a number of worthy causes in the community and the Club’s teaching professionals also donate their time extensively. The highly valued tennis program at BallenIsles continues to attract a Who’s Who of former and current Grand Slam champions including Venus and Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Virginia Wade, Stan Smith, Fred Stolle, Mats Wilander, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Mikael Pernfors, Jimmy Arias, Aaron Krickstein, Van Winitsky, Gigi Fernandez, Alina Jidkova, Dr. Anne Smith and Betty Stove.
About BallenIsles Country Club 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 state-of-the-art Sports Complex.
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