Federer, Nadal to head star-studded flood relief benefit

2011-01-17 09:56

Melbourne – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are to head an all-star

line-up Sunday as the tennis world stages a fund-raiser for victims of the

Queensland flooding.

Federer, who led a charity day for Haiti earthquake victims a year

ago at Melbourne Park before the start of the Grand Slam, took charge and

rallied his fellow players to the cause.

Joining the men’s top two will be women’s third seed Kim Clijsters,

Brisbane-born Sam Stosur and Adelaide’s Lleyton Hewitt, world number three Novak

Djokovic, and former great and Queenslander Pat Rafter, Australian Davis Cup

captain.

The Rally for Relief matches at the Rod Laver arena came about

quickly as the enormity of the Queensland floods became apparent this

week.

“Along with many of the other players I was moved by the

devastation caused by the floods in Australia,” said second seed Federer. “We

just wanted to do something to help aid the recovery because we know there are

thousands of Australians who will continue to suffer as a result of this

disaster.”

Top seed Nadal added: “This is a terrible tragedy, not only the

loss of life but the destruction of people’s homes. I’m pleased to be able to

contribute in some way to help bring it to the attention of the world and raise

some money for the victims in the process.”

Hewitt said that “as an Australian I cannot help but be touched by

such an awful turn of events. It is a disaster on a massive scale.”

“Australians are incredible at pulling together in times of crisis

and this is certainly one of those times,” he said.

 “If the tennis community can

also help play a role in the recovery then we should, both in Australia and

internationally. I just think at a time like this it is a case of getting all

hands on deck.”

 

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