>Watch the highlights of Champions For Chile which raised $125,000 for earthquake devastated Chile. Andy Roddick honoured his commitment to the cause, playing even though it was his day off before playing the finals, which he won, against Berdych.
While there didn’t seem to be too many people in the audience Guga Kuerten, Jim Courier, Andy and Fernando Gonzalez entertained the crowd. Watch the video here.
Full Name: James Spencer Courier
DOB: 17 August 1970
Turned Pro: 1988
Highest Rank: 1 (20/2/1992)
Career Prize Money: $14, 034, 132.
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Champions For Chile has raise $125,000 USD for earthquake devastated Chile today. The doubles match featured Fernando Gonzalez, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and Gustavo Kuerten in 2 sets of entertaining tennis with the crowd chanting “Chi-le!, Chi-le!” The money will go towards the estimated $30 billion of damage that was left in the wake of the 8.8 magnitude quake.
Roddick, who committed to the tournament despite being in the finals tomorrow, kept his promise to Fernando and Chile. The tournament director commended Roddick for his commitment. “He is committed to doing this event. In fact, it’s really Fernando and Andy that has pushed the tournament to step up and really support the event. They’re the ones it was their idea.”
Gonzalez, who skipped Indian Wells to aid relief efforts in Chile, talked about hoepfully putting an event like Hit for Haiti, to raise money for his homeland. “We just want to make a match to try to collect as much money as we can for Chile, I mean, I was in like 12 different cities where the earthquake and tsunami was. I saw that they really need help. I’m trying to do this event for Chile. We can do it now. I’m really happy for that… We’re gonna try to make a big show and hopefully the people can have fun.”
With legends like Courier and Kuerten the crowd was more than entertained with Kuerten saying, “I felt lucky to participate. Hopefully this will give people some hopes and dreams.”
“My country will never forget this.” – Fernando Gonzalez
Following on from Hit For Haiti, Fernando Gonzalez has organized Champions For Chile to raise money for Chile after a 8.8 earthquake hit the country a few weeks ago. The charity match will take place on April 3rd (Easter Saturday) in Miami and will feature Gonzo, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and Gustavo Kuerten. With Roddick and Courier together on court there’s no way it will disintegrate into the messy affair that happened in Indian Wells between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. Roddick and Courier often get involved in hilarious banter at the Australian Open post match interviews that Jim does. Read more