Federer Accepts #IceBucketChallenge
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer has joined the many people around the world showing their support to #StrikeOutALS by participating in the #IceBucketChallenge.
The World No. 3 accepted the challenge after being nominated by WTA player Ana Ivanovic, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.
“ALS is a tragic disease, and I hope that the social media attention from the Ice Bucket Challenge continues to bring more awareness and donation dollars to curing ALS,” said Federer in his Facebook post. “Funny videos are entertaining, and can be important to raise awareness, but a more important measure of impact is donating: http://www.alsa.org/.“In the spirit of the challenge, I'd like to challenge my friends Seve, Marco and Reto!”
Other ATP World Tour players had completed the #IceBucketChallenge to #StrikeOutALS in the days since the fundraising and awareness campaign went viral, including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner, Feliciano Lopez, Bernard Tomic, Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, Tim Smyczek, Rohan Bopanna, Michael Russell, Eric Butorac, Tommy Haas and Nick Kyrgios.
ALS has affected the tennis family in recent years. Former ATP Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett passed away on 3 May, 2013, after his battle with the disease, which has no cure. Former ATP pro Jerome Golmard is currently fighting the disease, and WTA staff member Angie Cunningham has also been diagnosed.