The Duchess and tennis champion Roger Federer have joined forces to raise money for local charities Kate‘s heart. The tennis lovers announced that proceeds from the sale of tickets to the Laver Cup Open Practice Day, taking place at the O2 on September 22, will raise funds for two organizations focused on supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
Both clubs benefiting from the donation of the proceeds are Kate’s patrons.
The first is Action for Children, which welcomed the Duchess as royal patron in 2016.
In the same year the queen presented Kate with the patronage of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), of which the charitable arm is the LTA Tennis Foundation.
The news of the Duchess and Federer’s collaboration has been highly praised by fans of Kate and Prince William.
Taking to Twitter, a user named @loveforcambridg wrote: “Wonderful news.”
@Sunshin61283028 praised the Duchess for continuing to focus on supporting young people.
They wrote, “What a great collaboration, Catherine always works for the good of the children.”
Describing the partnership as a “dream team,” @CambridgeCrown tweeted, “Excited for it. Brilliant dream team.”
And @DancingInfinit1 said: “THE #DuchessofCambridge and THE Roger Federer when they wanted the top tier they got THE top tier in royal and tennis size. So excited !!!”
Whilst Kate will not be heading to the O2 next month, Federer will be joined by other superstars from Team Europe and Team World for final practice on the pitch before the start of the Laver Cup.
The Cup is an international men’s indoor tennis tournament on hard court, featuring two teams – one with players from the European continent and the other with tennis stars from the rest of the world.
The cup took place for the first time in 2017.
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Tickets for the unique, star-studded practice day go on sale Monday.
Before the Open Practice Day, Federer and the Duchess will take part in another event of the Laver Cup.
The Cup has announced a day of tennis in East London for youth aged 8 to 15, supported by Action for Children and those in the area who are part of the LTA SERVES programme.
The collaboration between Kate’s patrons and the Laver Cup was initiated through a recommendation from the Duchess.
For a number of years, Prince William’s wife has focused on early childhood and the mental and physical well-being of young people, which can also be promoted through sport.
Last year, Kate teamed up with another tennis star, Emma Raducanu, to shine a spotlight on the LTA youth program, which aims to encourage participation in the sport and inspire the next generation of tennis players.
The goal of this initiative is to help more children enjoy and stick with the benefits of playing tennis, regardless of age, gender, ability, disability or background.
Kate and Federer’s partnership comes as the tennis star is a longtime friend of the Middleton family.
The Swiss athlete and his wife Mirka attended the wedding of Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton in 2017.
Federer also reportedly played tennis with Prince George at the Middletons’ residence in Bucklebury.
Speaking of Kate and Georgethe athlete told reporters in 2019: “His mother always enjoyed tennis. I hope he will remain the same in a few years and this is not just a momentary situation.”
Referring to a comment made by Kate during a royal engagement in which she reportedly said Federer was George’s favorite tennis player, he said: “I think I have a little advantage that I’ve actually spent some time with him, so I am maybe the only player he’s ever met.
“Then you have a little head start on who your favorite player is.”