Luka joins lineup for annual event

By Taylor Mayad

Game, set, match! Dirk Nowitzki has achieved basketball greatness, sold out charity baseball games and, this fall, will pay homage to his first love — tennis. Returning after a three-year break, the beloved NBA champ and Dallas Maverick favorite will host the fifth annual Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. at the SMU Tennis Complex (5555 N. Central Expy. in Dallas). Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the round-robin tournament concluding around 3 p.m. Joining Dirk for the charity pro-am competition will be Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks superstar, 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year and three-time NBA All-Star; former tennis pro Andy Roddick, 2003 US Open champion and the last American man to finish No. 1 in the ATP World Tour Rankings; and Mardy Fish, former World No. 7 tennis pro, Olympic silver medalist and current U.S. Davis Cup captain. More players are to be announced. (Players are subject to change.) 

Boris Kodjoe in the Celebrity Tennis Classic.
Photo courtesy of the The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation

Tickets are now on sale for $41 at Proceeds benefit The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which awards grants annually to organizations focusing on children’s wellbeing, health and education.