Nine charitable causes, nominated by ATP World Tour tournaments, players and alumni, will receive $15,000 grants through the ATP ACES For Charity programme in 2014.
This year’s recipients include the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the Al Noor Training Centre For Children with Special Needs, and the Killing Fields To Tennis Courts Foundation. Grants have also been awarded to a number of youth tennis, health and education programmes: the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation in Florida, New York Junior Tennis & Learning, the WimBelemDon Project in Brazil, and the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund.
Two causes with extra significance to its nominees, John Isner and Fabio Fognini, have also been selected. The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center successfully treated Isner’s mother, while the Fede Lux Association was established in memory of Fognini’s friend and former ATP player, Federico Luzzi, who passed away aged 28 due to leukemia.
Entering its fourth year in 2014, the ATP ACES For Charity program is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognising and supporting tournament, player and alumni charitable initiatives. Since 2011, the grant programme has awarded 49 grants totalling more than $530,000 in donations.
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