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Hit for Haiti Indian Wells

19.02.2010 | Off Court

Former BNP Paribas champions with a total of 44 Grand Slam singles titles will "Hit for Haiti" to raise an expected minimum of $1 million.


Event Will Feature Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal;

American Red Cross Haitian Relief Efforts to Benefit


The BNP Paribas Open, the most attended tennis tournament in the world outside of the four major events, to be held March 8-21, 2010, will hold a “Hit For Haiti” exhibition on the evening of Friday, March 12, that will feature former BNP Paribas Open champions with a combined total of 44 Grand Slam singles titles, and is expected to raise a minimum of $1 Million for Haiti relief efforts, it was announced today by Steve Simon, tournament director.


Larry Ellison, who recently purchased the tournament, decided to coordinate a second Hit for Haiti exhibition after seeing the success it had at the Australian Open, where hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised for Haiti relief efforts. The event will feature 44 Grand Slam titles on the same court with Roger Federer and Pete Sampras playing Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi. The event will be broadcast live on the Tennis Channel beginning at 7:30 PM PST.


The net proceeds from ticket sales to this session will be donated to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti. Fans will also be able to donate to the relief effort through text messages and on-site contributions throughout the evening and event. In addition to these fund-raising efforts, Ellison will make a personal donation to this very special cause.


“When I saw the first Hit for Haiti event in Australia, I was very moved by the players coming together, on the eve of an important tournament, for such a worthy cause,” said Ellison. “I wanted to bring together an exceptional group of players, with an unprecedented amount of Grand Slam titles, at the BNP Paribas Open. Our goal is to leave a memorable impression on fans, while raising a substantial amount of money that will directly impact the needs of people in Haiti.”


In addition to the exhibition, the evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the annual Salute to Heroes ceremony, where the tournament will recognize veterans, military personnel, police, firemen and women, and Red Cross volunteers on Stadium Court for their efforts in the community and around the world.

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03/13/2010 | 07:10 AM
It was fun watching you in this 2nd Hit for Haiti, in one of the side changes I made my donation for the Red Cross and now I'll go back to sleep! (that was between 5 and 7 a.m. here!)
Good luck in the tournament!
03/12/2010 | 10:54 PM
The BNP Paribas Open “Hit for Haiti” exhibition Hit for Haiti on Friday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. PST, will [b]feature players with an astounding total of 94 Grand Slam singles titles[/b]:D. The first match will include Stefanie Graf and Lindsay Davenport pl
03/12/2010 | 10:45 PM
Roger enjoy today you are a star typical you to put others first x All the Best to you x
03/12/2010 | 12:43 PM
John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic, Michael Chang, etc. tennis legends playing in Zürich at the same time with tennis (old and future) legends in Indian Wells. Good time these days...
03/10/2010 | 05:35 PM
Those of us who cannot get the tennis channel can get the hit for Haiti match on espn360.com. This is a great place to watch matches as it is clear and really quite good.
03/10/2010 | 05:18 PM
Thank you Roger, for simply being you. It takes good hearted thoughtful people like you to help out all over the world it seems but I am proud of you and proud to be a fan of the best of the best and that is you!!
03/06/2010 | 11:29 PM
A nice gesture from Roger
03/02/2010 | 02:05 AM
Roger, Thank you for everything you do. Your efforts matter in the lives of so many.

Proud to be your fan!
03/01/2010 | 10:23 PM
You're playing for a good cause Roger. Wishing you the best of luck. Can't wait to see you in action @ Indian Wells Tournament. Your twin girls must be big now.Any new pictures in your web. Take care
03/01/2010 | 02:11 AM
Hey Rog,
I am so glad you are helping children get safe drinking water. Good for you.
That Chilean quake is so terrible. The coast tsunamis went up 1/4 mile, 1,320 feet. Yikes, I live 1/4 mile up from the beach in Santa Monica. Thank goodness I live on
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