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1.18.2010

Tennis Stars Donate Funds 185,000 U.S. Dollars To Haiti


The world tennis star on Sunday to raise funds at least 200,000 Australian dollars (185,000 U.S. dollars) for earthquake victims in Haiti charity doubles match, led Setrena Roger Federer and Williams.

Federer held the event at the Rod Laver Arena before the Australian Open, after witnessing the tragic events in the Caribbean nation on television.

"I followed him on television and saw the damage caused by the earthquake," said the Swiss superstar.

"Saturday morning, I think we should do something, I contacted Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley and say` is it possible? `

"He said probably not.

"I call some players to talk about this and they are willing,` we should be doing. `In 24 hours we were able to finish it."

Federer could take tennis world number one daughter Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Kim Clijsters, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick and Australian favorite LI; Eyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur.

Meskpun notice too late, tickets may be sold to the 15,000 spectators who packed Rod Laver Arena and each paid 10 dolatr Australia (nine dollars), with implementation done Partners in Health, a charity to help Haiti.

"Tennis Australia did an amazing job in promoting the event in such a short time," added Federer.

"Very impressive view, I feel very happy event so successful."

Tiley said that was too early to count the money that was collected, but most are not numbered at least 200,000 dollars (185,000 U.S. dollars).

Dibadi players into two teams, red and blue, the color of the flag of Haiti, with former Grand Slam champion Jim Courier to referee the match.

Clijsters, Djokovic, Nadal, and Roddick was in the Blue Team and the others on the Red team, the team won the game 7-6 Federer. The players wore portable mokrofone to bersendau joked with the audience.

Roddick, who wrongly judged by the linesman, did Serena sendagurauan by threatening to tell him to seek retribution along with his linesman spray at the U.S. Open last September.

Serena responded with a joke that a good spirit, with a laugh.

Magnitude 7.00 earthquake on the Richter scale rocked Haiti last week, causing many casualties and the suffering of other people in these poor countries.

According Pemwerintah Haiti, the last victim killed at least 50,000 people, and 1.5 million people lost their homes, but the possibility of even greater casualties.

Previous estimates 100,000 people have died.

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