Staff at a socially distanced practice in New York.
"We thought a tennis-themed auction would be a new and innovative way to raise funds and awareness for our citywide youth tennis program," said City Parks Foundation Director of Sports, Mike Silverman. "There are some fun and unique opportunities people can bid on, such as playing doubles with Ben Stiller and Hank Azaria, or meeting King and watching the matches from her suite at the 2021 US Open."
Other items include two VIP tickets to the 2021 Tennis Champions Series, courtside tickets for two days at Indian Wells, watching the Miami Open men's final from the Lacoste suite with James Blake and courtside seats to the fourth round of the 2021 US Open.
Though the US Open is very different this year with strict protocols and no fans, one former City Parks Foundation player has been inside the bubble. Tamila Latif-Zade, a 22-year-old from Brooklyn, is a court attendant.
"I have been playing tennis my whole life," she told the New York Times. "I was in the City Parks Foundation program, a public initiative that gives free tennis lessons. I used to play tournaments on the courts next to where the US Open is played."
As a US Open employee for the past five years, Latif-Zade has gotten to see her favorites like Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Roger Federer up close, and has even stood on their arena, Arthur Ashe Stadium. The City Parks Foundation helped her passion for tennis blossom, and get her to where she is today.
The online auction closes on September 16.