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Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki takes on a new court at SMU, practices for upcoming Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic Match

Nowitzki returns a serve from Grand Slam Mark Knowles. Photo credit: Mollie Mayfield

The morning of Sept. 15, Dallas Mavericks center and power forward Dirk Nowitzki entered rather unusual territory, stepping into SMU’s Turpin Stadium to practice for the upcoming Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic Match on Sept. 18.


According to a press release, his practice match with Grand Slam doubles champ Mark Knowles was a prelude to the inaugural Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic that will be held on Sept. 18.

Nowitzki serves in the sweltering heat at SMU Turpin Stadium. Photo credit: Mollie Mayfield

The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation created the charity event where all ticket proceeds will fund annual grants to organizations focusing on children’s well-being, health and education.

The tournament competitors will feature a mix of athletes and actors. Entertainers and celebrities include Ben Stiller, John Isner and Boris Kodjoe. Tennis champions Andy Roddick, Benjamin Becker, Mark Knowles and Mitchell Krueger will bring their expertise to the court while Dallas Mavericks’ Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and J.J. Barea will trial their tennis skills.

Dirk Nowitzki smiles with Mark Knowles, Grand Slam doubles champion after a practice game. Photo credit: Olivia Nguyen

The Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic Match takes place Sept. 18 from 10 a.m.– 2p.m. For more information or for spectator ticket inquiries, check out the Dallas Mavericks event calendar here.

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