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Charity Event Initiated by Roger Full Success

12.03.2005 | Off Court

The ATP All-Star Rally for Relief raised $US18,300 for UNICEF from a series of exhibition tiebreak matches at the Indian Wells WTA and ATP Masters Series tournament. "To get the top 10 players all committed to tonight is fantastic," Roger said. "How often do you see the top 10 players on the same court for two hours?”.


The event had been initiated by Roger, who had also helped with parts of the organisation. "It is for a good cause and it should even go beyond tonight." He is thrilled to see this event become such a success and being able to help others this way. The other participants besides Roger included Marat Safin, Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi, Tim Henman, Guillermo Coria and Thai tennis star Paradorn Srichaphan. WTA players Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Amelie Mauresmo and Daniela Hantuchova also took part.




The cause was a serious one, but the mood on the court was amusing and humorous as the players joked amongst each other and played to the crowd. Safin stole the show in his tiebreaker against Roddick. The Russian prankster put on a display of trick shots and kept the crowd of 6000 entertained with a string of one-liners.


Clijsters, Dementieva, Mauresmo and Hantuchova traded in their racquets for running shoes and acted as ball girls for the Roddick/Safin match. Clijsters smiled and joked with Hantuchova until she froze when having to face Roddick's serve from the ball-girl position at the back of the court.

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