OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES 2014
Federer Visits Halle Hospital
by ATP Staff|
It hasn't all been about tennis for the players at this week’s ATP World Tour tournaments. ATPWorldTour.com provides a recap of the highlights.
Gerry Weber Open – Halle, Germany
Six-time champion Roger Federer visited the Bethel children's hospital in nearby Bielefeld, where he had a living room named after him last year. "I am happy to be back here one year later and to see how things are developing for the children. It is really important to me, as helping children is also a major part of my foundation work."
The Gerry Weber Open donated €10,000 for a kitchen to be built in the ‘Roger Federer Living Room’. Read More
Watch Federer's Celebration In Halle
Upon his arrival in Halle for the tournament, the World No. 4 and second seed was greeted by Gerry Weber Open Tournament Director Ralf Weber with a big cream cake.
Chris Kermode, the ATP Executive Chairman and President, presented Tournament Director Ralf Weber the ATP European Award of Excellence for the best fan experience.
German Dustin Brown visited the Wertkreis care structure in Halle Westfalen on Thursday. The 29 year old signed dozens of autographs and posed for photographs.
After speaking with the staff and receiving a detailed tour of the facilities, Brown said he was "deeply impressed," prompting him to pledge part of his Halle prize money to Wertkreis. The World No. 85 underlined how important such visits are to him. "Doing social work for people with disabilities is like an obligation to me," said Brown. "To get to know these people in their day-to-day lives is very interesting too."
Aegon Championships – London, England
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi was invited to the the House of Commons, Westminster, London on Tuesday by the Honourable Speaker John Bercow to celebrate the Pakistani player's founding of the Stop War Start Tennis Foundation.
The occasion was meant to highlight Qureshi’s efforts to demonstrate how sports can build bridges to communities and nations that have suffered from the adversities of extremism and war. Through his foundation, Qureshi has been very active in facilitating tennis-specific wheelchairs among amputees and disabled tennis players.
During the event Qureshi announced that donations have been received for wheelchairs to Iraq, Afghanistan and Cambodia and will be delivered this year. Read More
ATP World Tour Chairman Chris Kermode, tournament director Ross Hutchins, Andy Murray and the LTA's Stephen Farrow attended a presentation awarding the Aegon Championships as the best ATP 250 Tournament of 2013.
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