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Darcis Visits Casablanca Children's Hospital; Anderson Meets Talented Youngsters

Casablanca, Morocco

Darcis© El KhaouaSteve Darcis distributed presents to young children at the hospital.

Steve Darcis took time out from his preparations for the Grand Prix Hassan II on Monday to visit AVEROES, a children’s hospital in Casablanca. The Belgian and tournament officials distributed toys to the young patients. 

"It's amazing to see how thankful they are,” said Darcis. “Even if they are suffering and they are in hospital, you can see the smile on their face."  

Tournament director Khalid Outaleb has launched several initiatives for children at the Grand Prix Hassan II, including a playground at the venue, daily invitations for schools, mini tennis and the traditional kids’ day activities.

On Tuesday, Kevin Anderson hit with five young players of the ITF/CAT scholarship program after his practice. 

"I practised there two to three times a week together with my brother,” said Anderson. “It's a great initiative, since being from Africa it's not always easy. It's great to see that it's continuing. The team work and the help from the coaches are very important. It's nice that they can visit this tournament." 

Amine Ben Makhlouf, Technical Director for African tennis at the ITF, said, "This is a great experience for the boys. They only visit their families twice a year and stay in Casablanca practising and going to school. Meeting a top player, like Kevin, will be an extra motivation for the juniors."

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