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I’m probably the last person in the world to have seen this footage from Sunday’s Hits for Haiti benefit in Rod Laver Arena, but now that I have, I’m just going to watch it over and over and over again. And over again. And maybe one more time. Yay! Here’s a short explanation of the event from australianopen.com:
The 90-minute exhibition match was organised in less than 24 hours. The charity event proved to be a huge success, with a sell-out crowd. Representing the colours of the Haiti flag, Team Red (Federer, Williams, Hewitt and Stosur) defeated Team Blue (Roddick, Nadal, Djokovic, Clijsters, and late substitute Bernard Tomic) 7-6. Former Grand Slam champion turned tennis analyst Jim Courier was the chair umpire for the afternoon. Spectators over the age of 12 paid $10 to watch the entertaining match, buying their tickets on the door. Russian star Maria Sharapova donated $10,000, while $20,000 was also collected in tin cans around the arena and around the grounds at a packed Garden Square. Today, $159,000 was raised through ticket sales and public donations alone.
What a wonderful way to kick off the tournament. (The real deal gets under momentarily – click here for the OOP.) Thanks to “Nikdom” and everyone who posted updates, photos and streaming info in the comments section – you guys are the best! Here are some videos from various points in the exo. Lots of cute moments between the players. Enjoy!
Roger tries out Rafa’s buggy whip forehand – and his own special grunt:
Serena/Federer vs. Nadal/Clijsters. Don’t you with this wasn’t an exhibition?
I’m sure the Olympic committee is considering 3 on 3 mixed triples for the 2016 Olympics:
The thrilling conclusion:
There are loads of fun photos from the event. Rafa or kittens? It’s a win/win situation:
Really happy Roger!
Nole is a silly, silly boy.
Roger proves his twiggy left arm is stronger than it looks: Rafa: “So are we going to play in the final, or what?”
Roger: “Let me think about it.”
Awww. . .
These are like paintings you’d see at the Louvre, only better!
Everybody loves Kim:
Or would love to be Kim:
Can this be an Olympic sport?
Congrats to the Australian Open folks for putting together a wonderful event and gratitude to all the players for their participation. Every bit helps. Click here for more info on the Hits for Haiti event.