Federer sets up fundraiser for Haiti victims
Roger Federer has organised a series of exhibition tennis matches in Melbourne in order to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake.
The world number one has already secured the services of Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams with exhibition doubles matches set to take place on Sunday.
Haiti has been almost completely decimated by Tuesday’s quake which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale, and the 29-year-old believes the event will be a great way to raise funds for the victims ahead of the Australian Open.
“I had the idea that we could do something,” said Federer. “It’s before the first Grand Slam, so it’s for some not so easy to mentally separate, but it’s a great initiative.”
“I spoke to some other top players. They all said ‘yes’, we should do something. So we’re going to play doubles or mixed doubles, also with top women’s players and try to fill up the stadium.”
“I think there will be a donation at the door to come and see us play. I think it is something as a tennis family we’re very happy to do.”
Fans will be charged $10 to attend the ‘Hit for Haiti’ event ahead of the Australian Open which is set to get underway on Monday at the same venue.