17 November 2017 | Tennis SA

Tennis SA today announced a charity partnership with the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation (AMRF) for TennisFest.

Established in 2009, the AMRF is a not-for-profit organisation with the purpose of funding research into a cure for melanoma, raising awareness of its risks and providing support to those affected by melanoma.

The partnership will kick off with the TennisFest Ace Chase at the State League grand final rematch, taking place Sunday 19 November at the Playford City Tennis Centre, $20 for each ace served will be donated to the AMRF, courtesy of the Australian Tennis Foundation and Tennis SA.

“The Australian Melanoma Research Foundation is thrilled to come on board as the official charity partner for Tennis SA’s TennisFest,” Rachael Sporn, CEO AMRF said.

“Melanoma is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men and women.

“With this in mind, TennisFest was an ideal fit to continue to raise further awareness of this disease.”

The connection with the AMRF was a logical partnership for TennisFest said Tennis SA CEO, Steven Baldas.

“Following the passing of our former Tennis SA President, Bill Cossey AM, as a result of melanoma in July this year, it made sense for us to partner with the AMRF,’ Baldas said.

“We are passionate about raising awareness of melanoma in memory of Bill, and we saw TennisFest as the perfect opportunity to do so.

“We are grateful to Rachael and her team for their support over the past several months, and we look forward to this partnership continuing well into the future.”

The State League Grand Final rematches will be played between Glenlea and Trinity Gardens in the men’s and The Drive and Seaside in the women’s, matches will start at 1.00pm.

Donation boxes will be available at TennisFest venues throughout the week. Alternatively, donations can be made by visiting (please specify ‘TennisFest’ in the comments box).


The TennisFest Ace Chase is a part of Tennis SA’s TennisFest being held at venues around Adelaide from 17-to 24 November 2017.

For more information on TennisFest or to view the event schedule, please visit

For more information about the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation, please visit