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  • Mark Knowles hosts his Celebrity Tennis Invitational with the help of his sister Samara, wife Dawn and mother Vicky.
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Charities and Causes

Established in 2001, the Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational mission is to raise funds supporting a range of local charities on the islands. Past beneficiaries have included The Sassoon Pediatric Heart Foundation, The Cancer Society, The Association of the Physically Disabled, The Children’s Emergency Hospital, The Boy Scouts of Bahamas, The Special Olympics and scholarships for promising junior tennis players. Knowles’ dedication to philanthropy is also recognised by the appreciation of aid recipients. At the Bahamas Cancer Caring Centre, they created the “The Mark Knowles Room” in 2006.

Highlights

The annual fundraiser has been supported over the past 12 years by the likes of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, the Bryan Brothers, Jennifer Capriati, Jim Courier and Fred Stolle. In 2012, Bahamas native Knowles was joined by Lindsay Davenport and Sam Querrey in raising more than $100,000. "It was another great year at the 12th MKCTI. We raised a lot of money and had great support from our sponsorships," said Knowles. "We had fantastic players down here, so it's always special. The impetus behind the event is to raise money for those that are in need, and we were very successful doing that again this year."

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