June 28, 2016 (Irvine, CA) – HomeAid Orange County is, once again, proud to be one of the benefitting charities of the Michael Chang Tennis Classic this July. The featured event of this tournament is the Exhibition Match scheduled for Sunday, July 17 at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. Just released by the Chang Tennis Classic committee is the exciting lineup.
New to the event this is Justin Gimelstob, a retired American tennis player, was the top-ranked boy in his age group at the ages of 12, 14, 16, and 18. As a pro, he won 10 singles titles and 15 doubles championships, including the 1998 Australian Open and 1998 French Open mixed doubles titles with Venus Williams. He was also twice a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team. Notably, in singles matches, he has defeated Andre Agassi, Petr Korda, Àlex Corretja, Patrick Rafter and Gustavo Kuerten.
Returning to the lineup is Cecil Mamiit who began his professional career in 1996 and reached his highest individual ranking in the ATP Tour on October 11, 1999, when he became World No. 72. He won the NCAA singles championship as a freshman in 1996 - something not achieved since John McEnroe attended Stanford University in 1978. Mamiit currently strives to help junior players and with partner Joel Dacay launched The Tennis Mechanix Academy based in Burbank, California. This program is for junior players ages 7-18 and has the goal of improving the quality of junior tennis worldwide.
MCTC is proud to announce that Kei Nishikori is also returning. Nishikori, a Japanese professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 6 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. He is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 10 in ATP Singles Ranking. Nishikori began playing tennis at five years old and qualified for his first ATP main draw event at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles at 17. Nishikori was named ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2008 and has won 11 singles titles. He was runner-up at the 2014 US Open which made him the first-ever male player from an Asian country to reach a Grand Slam singles final. Nishikori also became the first man from Asia to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals having reached the semi-finals in 2014.
Michael Chang returns as the event’s main attraction. Chang is an American tennis player who became the youngest male player to win a Grand Slam singles title when he won the French Open in 1989 at 17. Known for his on-court speed and fighting spirit, Chang is considered by many observers to have been one of the best defensive baseliners of all time. He also introduced the jumping two-handed backhand. Notably, Chang was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008.
Since 2014, Chang has served as coach for Kei Nishikori.
About Michael Chang Tennis Classic
The annual Michael Chang Tennis Classic is one of Southern California’s most popular USTA tennis tournaments bringing people together for great competition and fun on the courts! The Chang Classic is a wonderful avenue that allows the Chang Family Foundation to connect with the Southern California tennis community while raising funds for the work of the foundation and HomeAid OC. The Chang Classic is more than a weekend tennis tournament, it’s a two weekend event that gives tennis players opportunities to compete, improve their tennis skills, make new friends, and be encouraged in life. The tournament is held every July in Newport Beach. Learn more by visiting ChangTennis.com.
About HomeAid Orange County
HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with a mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. HomeAid fulfills its mission through Development, Service and Advocacy. Founded in 1989 by the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between service providers, community volunteers, builders, and specialty contractors.
HomeAid Orange County is the only community-based organization that has successfully developed 57 building and renovating housing projects which have added 1,234 shelter beds across the entire homeless Continuum of Care spectrum. By doing this, HomeAid has provided facilities that range from emergency housing, to interim housing, to permanent supportive housing. Through over twenty local service providers, HomeAid’s housing developments have transformed the lives of over 55,000 people experiencing homelessness.
HomeAid’s ability to bring the community together to provide a basic need like housing became the foundation on which HomeAid launched and continues to grow its service initiatives including HomeAid Essentials, CareKits and Homelessness Awareness Month, which were initiated to provide basic needs beyond shelter to the families and individuals currently experiencing homelessness throughout Orange County.