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13 March 2010 :: 13:03:47 pm 15536

Federer & Sampras Team Up In Hit For Haiti Spectacular

The best four male tennis players of the past two decades will hit-it-out in a one-off doubles match at the Indian Wells tournament tonight. The event has been scheduled to raise much needed funds for the Haiti earthquake appeal.
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Indian Wells, the 12th of March 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The match, organised in part by current world number one Roger Federer, will pit Spaniard Rafael Nadal and American Andre Agassi against Federer and Pete Sampras.

Sampras, in a relaxed mood ahead of the fixture, stated: “It’s not every day I get to play with someone who has more majors than me.” The four players combined have won an amazing 44 major titles, with Federer having won a remarkably16 of those Grand Slams. “It doesn’t happen every day. To have all those majors on the court, it’s going to be a fun night and we can have some laughs. Hopefully, the fans will enjoy it.”

“To have the four of us, the rivalry of the ‘90s and the rivalry in this decade, to all be out there is pretty cool,” Sampras said.

Former 22 time grand slam champion Steffi Graf will also play at the event in a doubles pairing with current tennis icon Justine Henin. Graf and Henin will line up against the retired Martina Navratilova and American Lindsay Davenport. The woman’s match is due to commence shortly after the mens spectacle.

Tournament owner, Larry Ellison, who is also the CEO and founder of Oracle, will present the event to the packed crowd. Oracle are also seeing to the management of the funds raised from the fundraiser event, which has already been confirmed as a packed house.

The Haiti earthquake struck Jan. 12, just a few weeks before the start of the Australian Open. Federer decided to put on a benefit in Melbourne prior to the tournament, enlisting many of the top players to participate and donate items for an auction. The event raised more than $600,000.

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Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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