Kate Middleton and tennis legend Roger Federer will square off on the court next month all in the name of charity.
The pair will be hosting a day of tennis in London in September to raise funds and promote awareness for two charities that are very important to the Duchess of Cambridge: Action for Children and the Lawn Tennis Association Foundation, where Kate is a patron. Kate and Federer will be joined at the event by underprivileged children from East London ranging in age from eight to 15 who will be given the unique opportunity to play alongside the 20-time Grand Slam champ. The aim of the event is to show these young people that no matter their background or life experience, sport has the ability to impart numerous physical and psychological benefits.
That meet-up will also be followed by a charity Open Practice Day on September 22 ahead of the Laver Cup, a men’s team tennis tournament between Team Europe and Team World. Guests will be given the opportunity to buy tickets to watch Federer and other stars from the world of tennis prepare for the day of games with all proceeds from ticket sales going to Action for Children and the LTA Foundation.
According to a release from Kensington Palace, the LTA Foundation will put the money raised from these two days hosted by the royal and Federer towards its SERVES initiative, which brings tennis into communities that may have otherwise never picked up a racket, funding 50 new coaching programs for children in some of the country’s most deprived neighborhoods. And Action for Children, which aids vulnerable British children, youth, and families, plans on using the donations to provide practical and emotional support for children. The money will also go towards hosting more field trips, fun activities, and days out for disadvantaged children.
Federer isn’t the first tennis champion who has recently faced the Duchess on the court. Their charity event comes one year after Kate, who has been a lifelong tennis enthusiast, visited the National Tennis Centre in southwest London to welcome the 2021 U.S. Open women’s singles winner, Emma Raducanu, back to the U.K. They were joined their by some other notable tennis stars, including Joe Salisbury, Alfie Hewitt, and Gordon Reid. After a brief conversation, the group played a short match, and Raducanu was so impressed with her royal doubles partner, she told reporters, “her forehand is incredible!” The Duchess’s office said in a statement at the time, “Her Royal Highness is passionate about supporting grassroots tennis and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to become involved in the sport.”
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