HIT FOR HAITI
A day before the competition, a charity match called Hit for Haiti was held to raise fund to help casualties of the 2010 Haiti tremor. The occasion was proposed by Roger Federer and was sorted out in less than 24 hours. It was held in Rod Laver Arena at 2 pm and kept going around an hour and a half, tickets cost A$10 for adults and were free for kids under 12. Nine players took part, in two groups (named after the hues in the Haitian banner). Group Red comprised of Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Lleyton Hewitt, and Samantha Stosur, and Team Blue was Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, and late substitute Bernard Tomic. Retired player and current TV analyst Jim Courier filled in as the umpire.
Players wore microphones amid play and contended in doubles, mixed doubles, and different courses of action. Group Red defeated Team Blue, 7– 6. Extra donations were requested at the occasion, and a few different players – including Marcos Baghdatis and Maria Sharapova – gave funds specifically. An early tally had in any event A$159,000 raised; later reports put the figure around A$400,000.
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Tennis supporters wave a placard amid a charity tennis presentation a day before the beginning of the Australian Open
Fun day on the court
While the cause was a sombre one, the atmosphere on the court was light, with players like Serena Williams frequently breaking into laughter.
Rafa and Novak Chest Bump
While Andy Roddick discarded his racket to attempt and take the ball from Rafael Nadal, Nadal kept running into a ballboy not sufficiently fast to escape the way.
Helping out Haiti
Haitian guests Marckenson Brown and Zoe Doran toward the end of the “Hit for Haiti” presentation on Jan. 17, 2010.