Blue Laces

ae wowww
10-26-2005, 07:53 PM
Surprised this doesn't seem to have been mentioned yet? Or am I mistaken...?

10-26-2005, 07:56 PM
Is there a list of which players participated? :confused:

10-26-2005, 07:58 PM
Tennis: Blue Shoestrings for Children Against AIDS
2005-10-26 13:25:51

ATP players have put on blue shoestrings to show their support to UNICEF's global campaign helping children suffered by AIDS.

ATP players at Basel, Lyon and St. Petersbury tournaments have put on blue shoestrings to show their support of UNICEF's global launch of its United for Children, United against AIDS campaign.

The shoestrings symbolize that the ATP is 'tied-in' to UNICEF's goal to support millions of children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.

World No. 3 Andy Roddick, along with a host of other ATP players wore the cyan-blue shoestrings to help raise awareness of the impact of HIV and AIDS and put children at the forefront of the global AIDS/HIV agenda. Roddick also filmed a short message to be used during UNICEF's global launch Wednesday, at the United Nations in New York.

"Having the ability to bring awareness to this on-going problem is a privilege to me," said Roddick, the winner of the ATP's 2004 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award, who's own charity, the Andy Roddick Foundation helps children in need.

ATP Players Wearing Blue Shoestrings:

Basel: Tomas Berdych, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Tommy Haas, Jiri Novak, Kristof Vliegen, Filippo Volandri, Alexander Waske.

Lyon: Sebastien Grosjean, Michael Llodra, Tommy Robredo.

St. Petersburg: Mahesh Bhupathi, Jonas Bjorkman, Martin Damm, Vadim Davletshin, Nikolay Davydenko, Teimuraz Gabashvili, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Thomas Johansson, Julian Knowle, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Max Mirnyi, Juan Monaco, Jarkko Nieminen, Mark Philippoussis, Fernando Verdasco.

(Source: ATP)

10-26-2005, 08:01 PM
Filippo Volandri was wearing them last night too, because our commentators mentioned it during the injury time-out in his match with JCF.

10-26-2005, 08:17 PM
Thanks Deb. But only 4 players wore them in Lyon?

ae wowww
10-26-2005, 08:31 PM
Apologies, I would've posted the article-wasn't sure if it was old news or not. The video of Andy is funny :D He is not great at reading from the autocue I guess!

I would imagine there are more players who participated, perhaps lesser-known, or unofficially?

10-26-2005, 09:04 PM
very good action!!! great also the blue unicef part as beginning of the atp site!

10-27-2005, 07:06 AM
I think they should make it compulsory for every player to wear it. Every player is part of the ATP, and I think they have the obligation to support that. It's for a good cause, afterall...