Stars to hold exhibition match for tsunami relief

INDIAN WELLS (California): Current and former world number 1 players Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Carlos Moya will headline an all-star cast for a March 11 exhibition for tsunami relief during the Indian Wells Masters Series. 

The event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California will benefit UNICEF and other worldwide relief efforts. 

Defending tournament champion Federer is working with the ATP Foundation to organise the first-of-its-kind event. Other participants will include Australian Open champion Marat Safin, Tim Henman, Guillermo Coria, Gaston Gaudio and David Nalbandian. 

The event will be the subject of a one-hour special giving a behind-the-scenes look at the event, similar to the production of the “Serving for Tsunami Relief” in January from Houston. 

“It's not surprising that Andy and Carlos have joined the line-up as they both have demonstrated over the past several years a strong commitment to charity work,” ATP CEO Mark Miles said. “Andy, through the Andy Roddick Foundation, has done amazing work for children and others in need. 

“Moya's decision to provide UNICEF with his entire prize money winner's check from Chennai after capturing the tournament title there on Jan 9 was an inspiration to many of his fellow players. It's great to have them both on board.” 

The ATP reacted quickly to the Dec 26 tsunami in the Indian Ocean with a number of fund-raisers, working closely with UNICEF over the past two months to direct funds to the most needy areas. 

“The relief effort to rebuild communities and lives devastated by the tsunami will be an ongoing process for many years,” Roddick said. “That's why it's important to continue to support fund-raising activities like the charity event.” 

The format of the exhibition will include a combination of singles and doubles matches, including a Super-Tiebreak played between Federer and Safin, whose two most recent matches at the Masters Cup and Australian Open have ignited talk of a rivalry. – dpa 

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