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Gerry Weber Open Sponsors Children’s Therapy Room

Halle, Germany

Chiudinelli© Gerry Weber OpenMarco Chiudinelli gives a young patient a 'Gerry Berry' mascot.

Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli visited the Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen children’s hospice in Bethel to present a €5,000 donation on behalf of the Gerry Weber Open, a recipient of a 2012 ATP ACES for Charity grant. The donation will go towards the completion of a modern therapy room for young cancer patients.

“Our small patients really love these rooms,” said Dr Johannes Otte, who praised the continual support of the Gerry Weber Open. “For us, they are an important therapeutic support.”

Chiudinelli joins Germans Mischa Zverev, Alexander Waske and Michael Kohlmann as ATP players who have sponsored these room in recent years. “I think it is great that there is now a room with my name on it,” he said.

Along with tournament representative Charlotte Weber-Dresselhaus, Chiudinelli also presented the patients with ‘Gerry Berry’ toy mascots bearing the autographs of Roger Federer, Stefan Edberg, Michael Stich and Martina Navratilova, as well as 50 tickets for the ATP World Tour 250 tournament.

“The Gerry Weber Open and the ‘von Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen’ are linked by a very strong partnership,” said Weber-Dresselhaus during the visit. “We are pleased that our close connection also enables us to do our social duty here in the region.”

Since its inaugural tournament in 1993, the Gerry Weber Open has donated to several charity programs, with beneficiaries including children’s hospitals, special schools and facilities for disabled persons.

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