SONY ERICSSON OPEN
The Stars Align For Chile
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Roddick, Gonzalez, Courier and Kuerten join Sony Ericsson Open for earthquake relief
The Sony Ericsson Open and four of tennis' biggest names will join forces on Saturday, April 3 to help raise money for disaster relief in Chile. The event, called "Champions for Chile" will be held at 5 p.m. on Stadium Court at the Crandon Park Tennis Center following the women's singles and men's doubles finals.
ATP World Tour stars Andy Roddick and Fernando Gonzalez along with tennis legends Jim Courier and Gustavo Kuerten will take to the court in what should be wonderful evening of tennis to raise money for a great cause.
On February 27 a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck the Maule Region of Chile with the epicenter roughly 200 miles southwest of Santiago. The devastation was enormous causing an estimated $30 billion in damage, killing more than 400 and leaving about 800,000 homeless.
Fernando Gonzalez, a native of Santiago and winner of 11 career ATP World Tour singles titles, recently skipped the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells earlier this month to return home, view the damage, and lend support.
When Andy Roddick heard that his friend was thinking about doing a fundraising event in Miami he jumped at the opportunity. The two then reached out to their friends Jim Courier and Gustavo Kuerten, both of whom are former world No. 1's and have won a combined seven Grand Slam singles titles.
Tickets for this special event start at just $25 and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367), via the internet at www.sonyericssonopen.com or on-site during the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open. All proceeds from the event will benefit Hogar de Christo's Chilean Earthquake Relief.
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