Ripkens reunite for doubles play


The Ripken brothers will team up again, on the tennis court, at the First National Bank Tennis Festival on Oct. 22 at the Baltimore Arena.

Cal and Bill Ripken will play doubles against Venus and Serena Williams in the opening match. The Williams sisters -- Venus, 13, and Serena, 12 -- train at the Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy.

"Pam Shriver will be the chair umpire," said tournament director Robin Serody. "Bill and Cal are both natural athletes, but I'm not sure if they're ready for the force with which Venus and Serena pound a tennis ball."

The feature match will be Jim Courier vs. Jimmy Connors in a best-of-three-sets singles match. Tickets are $9 for reserved seats to $75 for a courtside box seat, and they can be purchased at the Baltimore Arena box office and all TicketMaster outlets, including Hecht's. To charge tickets, call (410) 481-SEAT. For information, call (410) 296-2929.

Net proceeds from the event, which is presented by The Baltimore Sun, will be distributed by the Baltimore Community Foundation to children's charities.

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