Tennis pros visit children at St. Jude

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Some of the top tennis players in the world spent Monday off the court, visiting children at St. Jude.

Top tennis players from the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships & Cellular South Cup arrived at St. Jude Monday morning to greet their smallest fans.

"It's a fun sport," tennis pro and Washington D.C. native Shenay Perry said. "You get to meet a lot of people.  It's great."

"It's great," tennis player Pegra Kvi added. "I played yesterday and I won so I'm happy now.  It's nice to see something other than the tennis court."

After a brief tour of the facility, the group met the patients.  The players also signed autographs and posed for pictures.

Perry said she was happy and excited to support the hospital's mission.

"I think it's incredible for someone to start a non-profit hospital," she said. "I think it's great for the kids to get treatment."

While proceeds from the tournament have benefited St. Jude's Hospital since 1993, players say for them it's all about making a difference.

"I think everybody means the best for the children here," Kvi said.

The 2010 Cellular South Cup in Memphis will be played through February 21st at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

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