The clock ticked toward the Newport Beach Breakers' opening match of the season Friday. Fans lined up in droves to see Anna Kournikova in action. And officials at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian kept their fingers crossed.
The hospital, whose foundation took over operations of the World TeamTennis squad earlier this year, stands to receive nearly all of the Breakers' proceeds over the next three years. The foundation already rakes in around $1 million with its annual Toshiba Classic golf tournament, but it remains to be seen how profitable its new endeavor will be.
"I don't know that we have a financial goal for this year," said Debra Legan, Hoag's vice president of marketing and communications. "It's our first year. We're hoping that we break even and, over time, we can turn it into a profitable operation."