DALLAS (CN) – Andy Roddick sued a tennis charity, the Miracle Match Foundation, claiming it stiffed him for his $100,000 appearance fee for an exhibition match he played days after he retired from the sport.
Roddick also sued WKP Sports and Entertainment LLC and WKP Sports & Entertainment Co., in Dallas County Court. His co-plaintiff is Andy R. Inc.
Roddick claims he agreed to play in the Foundation’s Miracle Match Tour show Monteville, Conn., on Sept. 14, 2012. For $100,000, he agreed to play an exhibition match and attend a meet-and-greet with sponsors in the evening.
Roddick claims the defendants agreed to not announce he would participate in the event until he was paid.
Roddick announced at the U.S. Open last August that it would be his last pro tournament. He lost to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the fourth round, on Sept. 5.
A week before the charity event, Roddick says, the defendants sent him two $50,000 checks. Both checks bounced three days after the event, Roddick says.
“Plaintiffs, through their legal representatives, have made numerous attempts to collect this money from defendants for the services provided by plaintiffs,” the complaint states. “Neither defendant WKP I nor Miracle Match ever intended to compensate plaintiffs for the participation of Roddick in the exhibition tennis match, despite contracting with same for said services.”
Roddick claims his image was still on the defendants’ website and promotional information for the event was still displayed when he filed his lawsuit on Wednesday.
WKP Sports and Entertainment LLC was dissolved on Jan. 23 when a certificate of dissolution was filed with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulator Affairs, according to the complaint.
That same day, incorporation documents were filed for the WKP Sports & Entertainment Company LLC, Roddick says.
Roddick is ranked as the 40th best male tennis player in the world, despite his retirement, according to the ATP Tour website.
Miracle Match was founded in 1997 by former pro tennis player Bill Przybysz after he was diagnosed with leukemia. The charity provides funding for donor registration programs, hospitality suites and research facilities, according to its website.
WKP Sports and Entertainment LLC was contracted by Miracle Match to manage its fund-raising activities and charitable events.
Roddick seeks actual and punitive damages for breach of contract, fraud, unjust enrichment, theft and fraudulent transfer.
He is represented by Brian Colao with Dykema Gossett in Dallas.
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