7th annual Tennis Pro-Am at Rancho Valencia welcomes families to support a worthy cause


The 7th Annual Sean Eduardo Sanchez (SES) fundraising Pro-Am will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Rancho Valencia, an Auberge Resort, located at 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe.

Family-friendly festivities include complimentary face painting for children from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. along with an opportunity drawing, gourmet barbeque beginning at 3:30 p.m. and trophy presentation. Barbeque adult tickets are $75 per person and tickets for children under the age of 10 are $35 per child. All proceeds benefit the SES Tennis Center and the Empty Cradle.

According to Head Tennis Professional at Rancho Valencia and Founder of the SES Tennis Center, Eduardo Sanchez, “We’ll be welcoming a strong roster of professional tennis players and amateurs at our event this year along with some fun activities specifically geared toward children. Returning to compete for the winning title will be former number one U.S. doubles tennis champion Rick Leach and a special guest appearance by Anand Amritraj, Wimbledon Grand Champion and Davis Cup Finalist. Our fundraising efforts benefit the children of Tecate, Mexico and the families supported by the Empty Cradle in San Diego. This year we’d like to bring together families who are seeking a great afternoon of spectator tennis mixed with the fun of exposing their children to the art of the sport. We’ll have fun opportunity drawing prizes and activities geared toward children in keeping with the concept of ‘kids helping kids’ --- my son Kian and daughter Siana will both be on hand to support the cause.”

Sponsors of the Pro-Am include: Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa; Geyser Holdings; Gerald Parsky; San Diego Self Storage; Donald R. Shepherd; Jamie and Tony Carr; Coffee Ambassador; Carruth Cellars; Hanson Surfboards; Schubach Aviation; Wilson Sporting Goods; Claire’s on Cedros Bakery and Café; Martina Hingis; Sam Querrey; Dunlop Sports; Kill Cliff Beverages and San Diego Charger’s Quentin Jammer and Steve Gregory. Returning this year to compete for the championship is former number one U.S. doubles tennis champion Rick Leach.

Eduardo Sanchez, Channel 10 News Leadership Award recipient who established the award-wining tennis program at Rancho Valencia beginning in 1989, was born and raised in the city of Tecate, Mexico. He accomplished a life-long dream to construct public tennis courts in honor of his deceased son, Sean Eduardo, for use by all the citizens of Tecate, Mexico, regardless of their ability to pay for instruction. Additional funds from the event are allocated for the Empty Cradle, a non-profit organization that helps families cope with the death of an infant before, during or after birth. For further information regarding the non-profit SES Tennis Center, or to purchase reservations to attend the event, please call (858) 832-8297, visit or email Details on the additional beneficiary, Empty Cradle, may be located at