GERRY WEBER OPEN 2012
Kuhnen, Zverev Present Halle’s Donation To Social Facility
by ATP Staff|
German Patrik Kuhnen returned to the Wertkries social facility for a second straight year to present a €5,000 donation on behalf of the Gerry Weber Open, a recipient of a 2012 ATP ACES for Charity grant.
“It is really impressive what has been built here. You realise straight away that these establishments are led in an exemplary way,” said Kuhnen, who added that it’s “very important that we as tennis players get involved in social establishments like this.”
Kuhnen was joined by countryman Mischa Zverev, who toured the workshop for disabled people and learned of the variety of tasks the employees undertake. Both Kuhnen and Zverev took the time to sign autographs, pose for pictures and answer questions from the workers.
“It was an impressive experience for me,” said Zverev. “It shows us what a privileged world we live in.”
Tournament organisers Gerhard Weber and Udo Hardieck took part in the the visit, along with Elke Hardieck, the deputy district administrator for the Gütersloh district. “We take our social responsibilities in the region seriously,” said Weber. “To support establishments like ‘Wertkreis’ will always remain an important aspect of our work.”
The Gerry Weber Open has been a long-time contributor to Wertkries, and ATP players including Jimmy Connors, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Nicolas Kiefer have helped draw publicity to the facility in the past.
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