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Federer to star in Haiti fundraisers

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:00

Federer made the announcement on Saturday with players set to play doubles matches at Melbourne Park on Sunday.

“I had the idea that we could do something, you know, to help Haiti after the tragic earthquakes,” the Swiss said.

“So 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 tomorrow, also with top women’s players (and) try to fill up the stadium.

“I think there will be a donation at the door of AUS $10 to come and see us play.

“I think it is something as a tennis family we’re very happy to do.

“I know it’s no the eve of the first grand slam of the season, so it’s for some not so easy maybe to mentally separate, but I think 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 as being between 45,000 and 50,000 but it is thought millions more have been injured, orphaned or made homeless.

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