Seles(tial) afternoon of tennis

There were easily more laughs and chuckles than grunts Saturday at the Alvernia Physical Education Center as Berks County was entertained by tennis professionals Monica Seles, Corina Morariu, John Isner and Johan Kriek at the 14th annual Legends of Tennis event.

Seles, fresh out of her dancing shoes from her recent appearance on Dancing with the Stars, and the other tennis stars made the afternoon exhibition a memorable one for eight local scholastic players who got the chance to play alongside and across the net from the pros.

Qualifiers Emily Broadbent and Shawn Bittinger of Exeter, Victoria Foanio and Ally Balaci of Holy Name, Michael Meyer of Conrad Weiser and Zach Simon of Wyomissing joined four-time Berks girls singles champion Martha Blakely and two-time boys singles champion Tommy Meyer in the exhibition.

The event, which benefits the Berks County Chapter of the American Red Cross, has raised more than $750,000 over its 14-year history.