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Stars rally for Haiti relief effort.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...0.html?fpos=r1

Good on them, hopefully they can raise some money to do some good, and maybe some of them will make a donation themselves
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Re: Stars rally for Haiti relief effort.

Nice idea
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great idea!! May a lot of people turn up

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another publicity stunt for Rodgerwhy cant he donate his own money privately with no fuss
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another publicity stunt for Rodgerwhy cant he donate his own money privately with no fuss
DUH.

Well maybe he will also do that - but then if he TOLD us he was doing that, you'd complain he was making a fuss about it, drawing attention to it.

This is a way of getting others in on the act as well, the tennis players and the public.
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Re: Stars rally for Haiti relief effort.

Surely an exho for charity is more worthy of comment than an exho which just lines the players' pockets? I hope it's successful.

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Should be great.

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Great initiative by the players and organizers! +1

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Re: Stars rally for Haiti relief effort.

Roger Federer organises tennis match in aid of Haiti

Roger Federer has set up a series of exhibition games ahead of the Australian Open to raise funds for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

The world number one has recruited a number of stars, including Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, to play doubles matches on Sunday at Melbourne Park.

"I had the idea that we could do something," said the 29-year-old.

"It's before the first Grand Slam, so it's for some not so easy to mentally separate, but it's a great initiative."

Haiti was devastated by Tuesday's earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, and the Red Cross has estimated the death toll at between 45,000 and 50,000, with millions more injured, orphaned or made homeless.

With the first major tournament of the season set to begin on Monday, the sport's top stars are keen to unite and help provide some funds for the victims of the tragedy.

Spectators will be charged A$10 (£5.60) on the gate, with the event taking place in the Rod Laver Arena, the tournament's showpiece court.

I think it is something as a tennis family we're very happy to do

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Federer, who lost to Spain's world number two Nadal in last year's Australian Open final, added: "I spoke to some other top players. They all said 'yes', we should do something.

"So we're going to play doubles or mixed doubles, also with top women's players and try to fill up the stadium.

"I think there will be a donation at the door to come and see us play. I think it is something as a tennis family we're very happy to do."

Defending champion Serena Williams, Belgium's Kim Clijsters, continuing her comeback after a two-year break, and Australia's 13th seed Samantha Stosur will all play in the "Hit For Haiti" event, with other players due to be added to the line-up.
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Tickets available from 9am tomorrow local time at the gates for those in Melbourne interested in going
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Re: Stars rally for Haiti relief effort.

If Roger wants to raise money, he needs to finally take Rafa on his offer and partner him for doubles, and play against the Bryans.

That should attract attention, no doubt about it.
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DUH.

Well maybe he will also do that - but then if he TOLD us he was doing that, you'd complain he was making a fuss about it, drawing attention to it.

This is a way of getting others in on the act as well, the tennis players and the public.
the graduate is right, for two reasons.

First of all, if tennis "stars" really wanted to do something, they would have anonymously donated their AO prize money, I'm sure three of them alone would collect more than you and I and 5,000 others could collect.

Secondly, is our society so rotten that people would only help if they get something in return, in this case a silly tennis exhibition?
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the graduate is right, for two reasons.

First of all, if tennis "stars" really wanted to do something, they would have anonymously donated their AO prize money, I'm sure three of them alone would collect more than you and I and 5,000 others could collect.

Secondly, is our society so rotten that people would only help if they get something in return, in this case a silly tennis exhibition?
That's your opinion.

Some stars might decide to donate some or all of their prize money, privately or vocally - that's their prerogative. It doesn't in any way make this pointless - the more that can be done to help, the better.

Secondly I don't think society is so rotten that people will only help if they get something in return. The millions of dollars of donations that have been raised around the world are a testament to that. But there's no harm at all in doing something like this - it draws attention to the issue, might encourage those who have not donated yet to do so or those who ordinarily might not to do so by coming along to this event.

I just don't see how any of this can be a bad thing but I do have a way underestimating peoples' capacity for cynicism.
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It draws attention to the issue
You seriously believe this "issue" needs attention to realise how serious what happened is?
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