Agenor Focused On Rebuilding Program In Haiti
by ATP Staff|
Former ATP pro Ronald Agenor is directing his efforts towards the rebuilding program in his native Haiti after an earthquake registering at 7.0 on the Richter magnitude scale hit the city of Port-au-Prince on 12 January, leaving large areas of the French-speaking Caribbean country devastated.
"I have lost a lot of friends and I know that distant relatives have died," Agenor, a former World No. 22 (8 May 1989), who represented Haiti during a 19-year pro-career, told ATPWorldTour.com in a telephone interview. "My brother survived, thank God, and he is safe.
"The authorities and Red Cross are attempting to evacuate people from the affected areas, which will take years to clear up, so I am unable to return as soon as I'd like. The Bellevue Club in Port-au-Prince, where I trained and played Davis Cup ties since 1980, has been damaged.
"One of my aims is to play a number of singles and doubles exhibitions with current pros at ATP World Tour tournaments to raise funds for the rescue efforts."
Agenor is attempting to organise tennis exhibitions in February. Should ATP players and media wish to contact him, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . The first exhibition will take place on 27 February in Pointe a Pitre.
Agenor now lives in Los Angeles, California, but has been developing a Government-backed sports project in Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean. He also coaches juniors in France and the United States.
The 45 year old played his final ATP World Tour tournament in July 2001 at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. He won three ATP World Tour titles from five singles finals and compiled a 221-257 overall record.
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