Touring pro Schmidt and fave Harrington to play tennis series

January 8, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

Scott Harrington
Scott Harrington

The 2016 Pro Tennis Exhibition Series will be held this spring each Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Boca Grande Club from February 3 to March 16. The Series, with proceeds benefitting the Suncoast Humane Society, will include eight men and eight women competing for over $5,000 in prize money. This is the fifth week of an eight-week article series profiling all 16 players.
Currently ranked on the professional world tour at #927 in singles and #1186 in doubles, Mara Schmidt will be taking time out of her professional tournament-playing schedule to come back for her second Series this spring. The former #1 player and graduate of Purdue University placed second in the Series last year and is looking to take the title this season.
Scott Harrington, a fan favorite of the Series and currently the Head Tennis Pro at Shadow Wood Country Club in Bonita Springs, will be seeking his seventh Series title this season. Harrington was #1 in the U.S. in Men’s Open Doubles among all USPTA pros and was All-American at Palm Beach College.
Mara Schmidt pic
Mara Schmidt

A live auction has been added to this year’s Tennis Ball, Fete for Pets, to benefit the Suncoast Humane Society. One very exciting live auction item is a Napa Valley wine tour for four that includes wine-tasting at four wineries, with accommodations including two nights at the Victorian House. Travel includes a $1,000 cash travel allowance.
Tickets can be purchased at the Boca Grande Club, contact Stephanie at 964-2211 or Jackie at (941) 474-7884.