Inside the Wall Street charity tennis tournament that has raised over $1 million to save babies' lives

Screen Shot 2015 05 05 at 11.11.22 AMPhoto courtesy of Jon NissenbaumJeffrey Appel and Dan Cochrane.

Earlier this month, Wall Street’s tennis community held an annual fundraiser tournament for the R Baby Foundation— a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to saving babies lives through improving pediatric emergency care.

This year’s event raised over $US300,000. The tournament was founded by Wexford Capital’s Jason Pinksy and it’s co-hosted by Jeffrey Appel, affectionately known as “the Mayor of New York tennis.”  

Wall Street’s tennis players have formed a tight knit community. On Sunday mornings, you can probably find Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, Appel, other finance folks, and top former professional/college players on the Randall’s Island courts. They frequently play in charity tournaments, and in the last five years, they have raised upwards of $US1 million for R Baby.

Appel and his partner, Dan Cochrane, were victorious in this year’s R Baby Tournament. 

A big thank you to photographer Jon Nissenbaum, who was kind enough to share some of his photos of the event with us. We’ve included highlights from the tournament in the slides that follow. 

Here's the group!

John Bader, the CIO of Halcyon Asset Management, gets ready to serve.

Bader's partner Peter Aarts smashes an overhead. He played No. 2 at Michigan and now works at a real estate company.

Jimmy Wasserman, who will be playing for Princeton next year, gets ready to hit a backhand. He played with Kevin Magid, a managing director at Audax Senior Debt.

Jeffrey Appel, also known as 'the mayor' of New York tennis, played with Dan Cochrane. They only had their serve broken once all day in the round robin. They won 43 of the 55 games they played.

Dan Cochrane is former top-ranked NCAA doubles player at Auburn University.

Jason Pinsky, the chairman of the R Baby Tennis Tournament, played with his usual partner, Pershing Square CEO Bill Ackman. Pinsky works for Wexford Capital in Connecticut. He was one of the top ranked juniors in the US.

Ackman shows a great one-handed backhand.

The team of Adriana Visella and Hank Freid, the founder of real estate firm Impulsive Group.

CNN president Jeff Zucker hits a forehand. Zucker was kind enough to bet $1,000 on every team other than him own raising $19,000 the day of the event.

Bruce Richards of Marathon Asset Management played in the tournament.

Ryan Thatcher played No. 1 at Stanford. He was a 3-time runner-up at the USTA National Championships (Kalamazoo). He'll be attending med school at Columbia in the fall. His partner was James Majeski, a philanthropist.

Adrian Contreras, who runs West Rock Tennis Academy, played.

Rob Pohly, the CIO of Samlyn Capital, was former No. 1 at Yale.

Pohly's partner Marc Powers, who works for Millennium Partners, also played No. 1 at Yale.

Brian O'Connor won the tournament three years ago. He works for boutique insurance/estate planning firm, American Business.

The CEO/president of Ellington Financial Larry Penn played with Jon Pastel. Last year, Penn won the tournament with Stephen Bass.

Jon Pastel, who works Wexford Capital, was the first player from Davidson College to play in the NCAA tournament.

Robert Glanville is a managing partner at private equity fund Pine Book

Georgy Chukhleb, a former tour player and Bryan Brothers hitting partner, gets ready to hit a forehand.

Phil Stolt, former NCAA No. 1, shows a perfect forehand.

Former pro tennis player Thomas Blake played. He now works in private wealth management in Tampa.

Scott Oudesema, who works at Guggenheim Partners, was ranked No. 255 in the world for singles, made it to the quarter finals.

Dax Vlassis, the director of event-driven research at Gates Capital Management, played college tennis at Rollins. He's also an Ironman.

It looked like a typical Sunday morning Randall's Island game with Appel/Cochrane versus Ackman/Pinsky. The big serving pair of Appel/Cochrane beat Ackman/Pinsky 6-3.

Appel and Cochrane (far right) dominated the tournament and took home this year's trophy and prize money.

NOW WATCH: Money & Markets videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.