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First Of 14 2012 ATP ACES For Charity Grants Presented To Amritraj

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Amritraj© Aircel Chennai OpenVijay Amritraj was presented with the $10,000 grant for his work with the Vijay Amritraj Foundation throughout India and locally in Chennai.

The first of the 2012 ATP ACES For Charity grants was presented to ATP Alumni Vijay Amritraj on Thursday at the Aircel Chennai Open.  Former Top 20 player Amritraj received the first of 14 grants to come from the 2012 ATP ACES For Charity programme for his work with charities throughout India and locally in Chennai through the Vijay Amritraj Foundation. 

ATP Supervisor Gerry Armstrong, along with Aircel Chennai Open Tournament Director Fernando Soler and ATP Board member Charles Smith, presented Amritraj with the grant for $10,000.  

The Vijay Amritraj Foundation helps some of the most pressing causes in India, currently supporting 17 charities that assist women and children, mentally challenged patients and the elderly. Various programmes include educating underprivileged children, training midwives in villages and funding cornea transplants for the blind. The grant will expand its current education projects in the neediest neighbourhoods of Chennai, putting an additional 454 children in school.

"I am delighted that the ATP ACES For Charity program selected the Vijay Amritraj Foundation for a grant this year,” said Amritraj. “On behalf of the wonderful charities we support, I would like to extend my grateful thanks to the ATP for recognising our work and helping us to do more in the coming year. The funds will go directly to help children who are blind and those who need surgery to help rectify deformed faces.”

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