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Tennis stars in Australia to hold fundraiser for Haiti earthquake victims

January 16, 2010 |  2:24 pm


Roger Federer and other tennis stars will hold a special exhibition event Sunday in Melbourne to benefit Haiti earthquake victims.

The top-ranked Federer announced Saturday that he had asked players to get involved in doubles or mixed doubles at Rod Laver Arena, a day before the Australian Open starts.

Federer, who has won a record 15 Grand Slam singles titles, is expected to be joined by reigning Australian Open champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, along with 2008 winner Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, the U.S. Open women's champion, and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur.

"I had the idea that we could do something to help Haiti after the tragic earthquake. So I spoke to some other top players . . . I have some connections," Federer said. "They all said, 'Yes, we should do something.' "

Federer said tickets would be $10. Rod Laver Arena, the main stadium court for the Australian Open, seats 15,000.

The season's first major starts Monday, although Federer and the other players in the top half of the men's and women's draws won't play until Tuesday.

— Associated Press

Photo: Swiss tennis player Roger Federer gestures as he addresses media representatives at a press conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2010. Federer is the top seeded player in the men's singles in the first Grand Slam of the season. Credit:  PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images


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