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The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational has raised more than $1,000,000 for numerous charities and has provided the local communuty opportunities to see world class tennis up close and personal.

The Mission

Established in 2001, our 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.Through the generous support of sponsors, fellow tennis players and of course, the fans, proceeds have saved lives and provided important opportunities for a number of individuals.

Personal Meaning

A family event, Knowles hard-work, along with the star combination of mother Vicky and sister Samara, has been meaningful, both professionally and personally. “Knowlzee” as he’s nicknamed, has a huge heart for his people and is blessed to bring a spectacular tennis event home every year, allowing fellow Bahamians to see world class tennis professionals up close and personal. The relaxed, island environment is a perfect setting for players to unwind for a few days during the off-season and they are rewarded with a warm, friendly reception by the local community..

Bringing Big Names Home

A testament of Knowles’ generosity and efforts is seen through the quality of player participants who’ve taken part throughout the past decade. Prior guests have included Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, the Bryan Brothers, Jennifer Capriati, Jim Courier and Fred Stolle. Knowles’ dedication to philanthropy is also recognised by the appreciation of aid recipients – donations to The Bahamas Cancer Caring Centre have been so considerable that the facility honoured his work by creating, “The Mark Knowles Room” in 2006.

It's 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.

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