Serena Williams Headlines Desert Smash, March 6
Desert Smash is known for bringing together some of the biggest names in Hollywood with some of the world’s most renowned tennis players, and this year the greatest women’s tennis player ever headlines the 14th annual event in the desert! It’s Tuesday, March 6th at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California, coinciding with the BNP Paribas Open which begins the day before. Tickets are here.
Serena Williams will be hosting and participating in the Desert Smash Pro/Celebrity Tennis Exhibition to benefit The Yetunde Price Resource Center founded by Serena and Venus, in honor of their eldest sister who was killed by an act of senseless violence in 2003. The YPRC assists, educates and strengthens individuals and families affected by violence and trauma.
We’re thrilled to be back to La Quinta Resort & Club, where it all began. There is not a more picturesque or beautiful setting than their stadium court and we know their accommodations
and other facilities are the desert’s best. The Desert Smash has always been about accessibility to players and celebrities, and La Quinta Resort’s intimate tennis stadium continues in that tradition. We look forward to a full house and a great day raising money for charity! -Ryan Macaulay, Desert Smash Founder
Here’s what the 2017 event looked like: photos are ©Shoubert David and we thank him for providing them to us!
The Desert Smash Celebrity/Pro-Am Tournament is composed of ranked WTA and ATP Tour players and some of the most notable and recognized celebrity players from Hollywood. Each year, this sell-out event attracts both celebrity and tennis fans for a once in a lifetime opportunity to play and rub elbows with the world’s best tennis players.
In traditional Desert Smash fashion, the day kicks off with the renowned Southern California competitive, high-energy on-court workout, “Tennacity,” also known in some tennis circles as “Live Ball.” Following this fun, interactive experience is the fan favorite Pro vs. Celebrity Exhibition singles and doubles matches, which will take place on La Quinta’s picturesque Stadium Tennis Court. In the evening, La Quinta Resort & Club will host a cocktail party and live entertainment with a set by world famous DJ Bob Sinclar.