SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2013
Verdasco Visits United Family Hospital Shanghai
by ATP Staff|
Former World No. 7 Fernando Verdasco took time out of his schedule to visit the United Family Hospital Shanghai on Monday, ahead of a first round clash against Chinese wildcard and World No. 271 Ze Zhang.
The 29-year-old Verdasco met the hospital's CEO Emery Ray Brautigan, some of its patients and also donned scrubs and checked out its operating theatre.
"I came to visit some kids, so I’ve been taking pictures and signing some balls and then I had some time with the doctors. They were so kind and they let me come inside the operating rooms," said the left-hander.
"It was an unbelievable experience and I enjoyed it so much, it was great."
Verdasco, who turned professional in 2001, said he has tried to partake in many charity events and opportunities in his career to date. "It is part of our job, the same as practising or playing matches. We have a privileged position in life and we need to try and help the people that are not in good health. I think it is only a little bit of effort and you can make people so happy so it is always nice to do it."
The Spaniard is seeded eighth in the men's doubles, alongside countryman David Marrero. The pair received an opening-round-bye.