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Fognini, Almagro Paint For Charity

Viña del Mar, Chile

Fognini© Jim Rydell/Royal Guard Open ChileFabio Fognini paints his part of the TECHO mural.

Fabio Fognini and Nicolas Almagro joined forces on Wednesday to support TECHO, a non-profit organisation that works to overcome poverty in Latin American slums.

The players put their mark on a mural, which symbolises the community work carried out by TECHO in the slums. The work includes programmes such as training courses for community leaders, literacy, education, housing and health. 

Fognini and Almagro painted their contribution on Wednesday and the mural will remain on-site for the rest of the Royal Guard Open Chile, for the public and other players to finish painting. It will later be placed in one of the TECHO settlements.

"As an athlete, for me it's very important to support a cause like TECHO,” said Fognini. “Today was the first time I collaborated, but I am very excited to participate."

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Almagro added, “In my opinion, every professional athlete has the duty to contribute in any way they can so people can see that we are also humans and are aware of the current worldwide challenges.”

Augustin Wolff, Director of Social Programmes at TECHO, said, "With the following activity, TECHO seeks to symbolise the effort that the slums residents and volunteers perform together as a team to overcome the different challenges that they face."

Fognini is the top seed at this week’s Royal Guard Open Chile in Vina del Mar and is due to open his campaign on Thursday evening against Aljaz Bedene. Third seed Almagro will face qualifier Martin Alund in his opener earlier in the day.

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