Battle of Boca Dream Big “Play For Drew Hassenbein” Tournament A Huge Success!

Dec 31, 2023

The first annual Battle of Boca Dream Big “Play For Drew Hassenbein” tournament was a huge success!

While our hearts remain broken, we are forever proud to be Drew’s parents and always honor him. He truly made an impact on everyone he met, especially the tennis community and it truly showed this past weekend at the Battle of Boca. We believe Drew was with us in spirit and watching it all from above.

Thank you to all the players who participated and for “Playing For Drew” with all your heart and passion. That’s how Drew played every time he stepped on the court. A true legend that will never be forgotten.

A very special thanks to Jason Zafiros, Tournament Director, and Karen Zafiros Assistant Director of Battle of Boca for putting together an incredible tournament honoring Drew. Your kindness, generosity, enthusiasm, and support were over the top and we couldn’t thank them enough. We know Drew would be so proud and honored to be remembered by the tennis community at the Battle Of Boca.

Another special thanks to Rick Macci for making us feel at home and giving us everything we needed to make this tournament a special event. At the player’s party,

Rick Macci stated

“this is just opening ceremonies and we look forward to doubling the tournament size next year.”

Over 200 players participated in the first annual Dream Big Drew Hassenbein Battle of Boca.

The level of play at this tournament was extraordinary, especially in the men’s and women’s singles draw. In addition to the high-level D1 college players, several of the players are professionally ranked and currently on the pro tour. Long Island player Stephan Gershfeld, a friend and competitor of Drew made the trip to “Play for Drew” with all his heart. He had an incredible tournament advancing to the quarter-finals and winning some amazing matches.

Congratulations to the Women’s and men’s Champion and Finalist on an incredible Tournament.

Women’s Champion
Alexandra Yepifanova

Women’s Finalist
Ekaterine Gorgodze

Men’s Champion
Roberto Cid Subervi

Men’s Finalist
Stefan Kozlov

Congratulations to Alex Farias, one of Drew’s former doubles partners.
Alex won the “Drew Hassenbein Ultimate Competitors Award “ and the signed Mike Tyson Gloves that were raffled off. Nicholas Kotzen was the lucky winner of the 2 Drake Tickets that were also raffled off.

Congratulations to all the other raffle winners on the Roger Federer Merch and Victoria Azarenka tennis racquet.

As Jason Zafiros posted:

“Wake up each day with a purpose, when you think something is tough think again, when you say you will get to it tomorrow you might never get that chance so do it now.“

Thank you to everyone who made this event a huge success and helped keep Drew’s legacy alive.

Dhass on Top, always and forever🎾 ❤️ 💔

Jaime & Mitchell Hassenbein