Hollywood's Racqueteers Take to the Tennis Courts for a Battle with the Sport's Baseline Champions

updated 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The quality of play was less than stellar, but the crowds hardly noticed. They were too busy gaping at the lineup of famous faces enlivening Aspen's first annual pro-celebrity tennis tourney. Kenny Rogers teamed with Bjorn Borg to tame John McEnroe and his doubles partner, real-estate mogul Marty Rayns. Dudley Moore played Beethoven in a special event that he won handily. In fact, Moore skipped the courts altogether to practice for his one-and-a-half-hour classical and jazz piano recital and was rewarded, when the time came, with a standing ovation.

The weekend raised a half-million dollars for cerebral palsy research, and the good cause provoked lively bidding at a charity auction emceed by Mike (Mannix) Connors. Two Andy Warhol paintings fetched $30,000 apiece; then the artist laid out $5,000 to buy walk-on roles in an upcoming movie for himself and socialite Cornelia Guest, 19. A hunting or fishing expedition with Cheryl Tiegs on ABC-TV's American Sportsman went for $16,000. Tony Bennett tried to get Barbra Streisand to sing—"How much money will it take?" he yelled. Streisand wasn't tempted. Neither was Moore, who nixed a bid to auction off his room key, pleading, "I'm in training for tomorrow's concert."

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