2010 Australian Open Charity Match for Haiti People

January 17, 2010 by
Filed under: Australian Open 



Some of the most important tennis stars playing at the Australian Open 2010 have participated to a charity match on Sunday, only a day before the official start of the tournament.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt represented the Men’s tournament, while Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters and Samantha Stosur represented the Women’s competition.

The charity event has been named ‘Hit for Haiti’ and it raised $185,000 until now. The gala has been played at the Rod Laver Arena and all the ticket revenues where donated for the people of Haiti. More, fans had piggy banks available to contribute to the charity.

The tennis stars formed 2 teams and played doubles matches for the delight of the fans. To increase the spectacle, each player got a headset with a microphone and the crowd could hear their smallest reaction. Of course that famous figures from the tour couldn’t miss this opportunity to delight their fans.

Andy Roddick played one of the funniest joke of the evening as he took on a linesman because of a foot fault call. Everyone remembered about the famous and controversial US Open happening when Serena assaulted a linesman because of a similar reason.

Rafa Nadal enjoyed the headset too. He was able to ‘congratulate’ Roger Federer. The Swiss Champion returned Roddick’s serve right into the net and Rafa added “Beautiful Roger!”.

To top it all up the chair umpire was nobody else than Jim Courier. To get a glimpse of the events of this Australian Open Charity event check the Youtube video available in this post.

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