Pro Tennis Players Raised Their Racquets For a Cause in Malibu

Vika Azarenka and scads of other players volleyed for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

The Malibu Racquet Club was bouncing with activity over the weekend as Vika Azarenka held her second annual Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ProAm Tourney. She was joined by other notable tennis pros including Madison Keys, and Coco Vandeweghe. “I’m so excited I couldn’t sleep for the last two days!” Azarenka said before everyone picked up their racquets. “It’s such a beautiful hospital,” she added, talking about her visits to the facility. Why hold court at the club tucked behind the Malibu Country Mart? “It’s so cozy. It feels like home,” Azarenka said. The Kogi truck drove in around noon to the delight of players and spectators.

The fellas took a lot of ribbing, especially Fabrizio Sestini, who was given the moniker “Male Gigolo” by one of the tennis pros. Amateur player Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine showed up Saturday morning ready to play even though the band played in Mexico the night before. What brought him out to Malibu before noon the day after a gig? “Coco invited me,” he said with a grin. Sounds like love to us.