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Tennis great Gigi Fernandez makes ace of an impression at tennis and learning benefit

Tennis great, as gala keynote speaker, recalls career on the courts

Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Becky O'Connor, Ralph O'Connor, Gigi Fernandez
Becky O'Connor, Ralph O'Connor, Gigi Fernandez. Photo by Jenny Antill
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Bronwyn Greer, Joe Bendy, Haley Leffler
Bronwyn Greer, Joe Bendy, Haley Leffler. Photo by Jenny Antill
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Candy Kyle, Susie Cunningham, Mike McSpadden, Lisa Caledonia
Candy Kyle, Susie Cunningham, Mike McSpadden, Lisa Caledonia. Photo by Jenny Antill
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Catalina Mireles, Marcelle, Ho Tommy Ho
Catalina Mireles, Marcelle Ho, Tommy Ho. Photo by Jenny Antill
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Pilar May, Mike May, Jan Vick
Pilar May, Mike May, Jan Vick. Photo by Jenny Antill
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Douglas Pritchett, Lara Lehmann
Douglas Pritchett, Lara Lehmann. Photo by Jenny Antill
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Emily Schaefer, John Embree
Emily Schaefer, John Embree. Photo by Jenny Antill
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Mariaan de Swardt, Gigi Fernandez
Mariaan de Swardt, Gigi Fernandez. Photo by Jenny Antill
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Becky O'Connor, Ralph O'Connor, Gigi Fernandez
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Bronwyn Greer, Joe Bendy, Haley Leffler
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Candy Kyle, Susie Cunningham, Mike McSpadden, Lisa Caledonia
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Catalina Mireles, Marcelle, Ho Tommy Ho
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Pilar May, Mike May, Jan Vick
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Douglas Pritchett, Lara Lehmann
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Emily Schaefer, John Embree
Tennis gala, Feb. 2016, Mariaan de Swardt, Gigi Fernandez

What: Houston Tennis Association "Game, Set, Match" gala.

Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel.

The scoop: International Hall of Fame tennis star Gigi Fernandez, 51, had tennis fans enthralled with stories of her introduction to tennis in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her climb to the status of No. 1 women's doubles player in the world and the benefits of being world famous.

The event raised more than $100,000 for Houston's National Junior Tennis & Learning program, which provides free tennis and education classes and scholarships for underserved youngsters. More than 6,000 kids in the Houston area benefit each year from the NJTL programs.

Lara Lehman chaired and Becky and Ralph O'Connor, avid tennis players, served as honorary chairs of the benefit that was emceed by KPRC Channel 2 news anchor Rachel McNeill.

Who: Bev Taylor, Dagmar Embree, Sean Rudolph, Claire Goosey, Sara and Randy Ortwein, Gwen and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Shelley and Tracy Ludwick,  and Margaret and T.C. Chang.