BRASIL OPEN 2014
Haas, Almagro Lead Charity Tennis Clinic
Sao Paulo, Brazil
by ATP Staff|
Brasil Open 2014 top seeds Tommy Haas and Nicolas Almagro took time out Tuesday morning to participate in a special tennis clinic, with the proceeds going towards non-profit organisations that help more than 200 children with disabilities.
One of the institutions that attended was Casa do Sol, which has worked in social therapy and therapeutic education since 1986.
“It’s always nice to give back when you can and you have a clinic set up that is very nice and very easy for us players to do,” said Haas. “It’s always nice to play with people who love tennis. I think it’s very easy for us and nice to give back that way and put a smile on people’s faces. Hopefully they enjoyed it. This is the way for the players to connect with the fans and I think it’s very important for us to do."
Almagro added, “We have to help the children who need it the most. It's a pity that they came into the world with disabilities, but we could see that they are doing well and they enjoyed being here today.”
Guilherme Domingues, therapeutic educator at Casa do Sol for 12 years, highlighted the unique experience at Ginásio do Ibirapuera. "It was very nice, very helpful. Because of their physical and financial condition, they have few opportunities to live such an experience. You could see the happiness onn everyone’s face when they were hitting the balls," he said.