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Nick Bollettieri talks to the crowd about the importance of trying and trying again.

Buddy Up Tennis aces annual fundraiser

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

Nick Bollettieri talks to the crowd about the importance of trying and trying again.

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Nick Bollettieri breaks down the Buddy Up Tennis participants' huddle with a rousing cheer.

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

Nick Bollettieri breaks down the Buddy Up Tennis participants' huddle with a rousing cheer.

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Kerstin Conner locks onto the ball during a rally drill.

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

Kerstin Conner locks onto the ball during a rally drill.

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Don Herndon lets his racket fly.

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

Don Herndon lets his racket fly.

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Kinley Gratton, 5, takes a breather during the action-packed event.

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

Kinley Gratton, 5, takes a breather during the action-packed event.

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The event offered free temporary tattoos from Face Paint Sarasota (Pixie Painting) for guests and participants.

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

The event offered free temporary tattoos from Face Paint Sarasota (Pixie Painting) for guests and participants.

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Professional tennis player Christian Harrison,currently 265th in the ATP Tour singles rankings, gave participants all they could handle on the court.

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

Professional tennis player Christian Harrison,currently 265th in the ATP Tour singles rankings, gave participants all they could handle on the court.

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Melissa Bernhard lines up a smash hit.

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

Melissa Bernhard lines up a smash hit.

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Scarlett Gratton, 8, already has a strong forehand shot.

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

Scarlett Gratton, 8, already has a strong forehand shot.

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The event featured a silent auction, with items including a signed hat and shirt from top-10 player John Isner and private lessons from Nick Bollettieri.

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

The event featured a silent auction, with items including a signed hat and shirt from top-10 player John Isner and private lessons from Nick Bollettieri.

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Buddy Up Tennis' athletes and "buddies" stand with tennis legend Nick Bollettieri (middle).

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019 |

Buddy Up Tennis' athletes and "buddies" stand with tennis legend Nick Bollettieri (middle).

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