SONY ERICSSON OPEN 2011
ATP World Tour All-Stars Rally For Japan Relief Effort
by ATP Staff|
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a team in the North American Soccer League, beat the ATP World Tour Allstars 4-2 in a 40-minute charity football Hope Match for Japan on Wednesday evening at Ranson Everglades School in Miami.
Marcos Baghdatis, voted the team's most valuable player, and Andy Murray scored goals for the ATP World Tour Allstars, which was captained by World No. 2 Novak Djokovic. A total of 17 ATP World Tour stars took part including World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Japan's Kei Nishikori.
The charity match raised funds for the American Red Cross' relief efforts in Japan, which has been effected by a recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami crisis. The match was followed by a gala dinner which also sought to raise funds.
ATP World Tour Allstars
Roger Federer, who does a lot for innovative projects operated by local relief organisations through the Roger Federer Foundation, offered his support for the victims of the natural disaster. "It's been very sad news, of course," said the Swiss. "I've followed what happened in Japan, and it was devastating. It's always one of those natural disasters, that really, touches everybody, to see those terrible pictures. And then obviously thinking of my good times in Tokyo when I was there and good times I had, which I really enjoyed.
"Obviously the fans I have in that part of the world or in Japan in particular. I can only tell them that I'm thinking of them as well and that I wish them only the best and that they can rebuild and get stronger out of how it was before, because it's not an easy situation right now."