Novak takes part in LA Tennis Challenge and K-Swiss Desert Smash for charity
Like many times before, Novak Djokovic took part in charity events to make a contribution in helping those in need.
The world no.1 tennis player teamed up with his childhood idol, the 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras, for some doubles action against Bob and Mike Bryan at the inaugural Los Angeles Tennis Challenge charity exhibition on Monday evening, and also played former world no.7 Mardy Fish in a singles match.
The exciting matches thrilled 8,500 fans at the renovated Pauley Pavilion, but the night of exhibition tennis provided more than entertainment – it fulfilled the wishes of children who struggle with autism.
An organization called ACEing Autism took part at the event, in which the participating players were raising money for their respective charities. Four children were chosen to walk onto the court with some of their tennis idols.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Novak Djokovic Foundation, the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, Call to Cure and the Southern California Tennis Association’s community tennis initiatives.
Novak traditionally took part in another charitable exhibition event, the 9th annual K-Swiss Desert Smash at the world’s famous La Quinta Resort & Club on Tuesday.
The K-Swiss Desert Smash brings together “Hollywood and Pro Tennis” in order to raise funds for the Variety – the Children’s Charity organization, which is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of underprivileged and special needs children in the Coachella Valley. Through hard work, thoughtful stewardship, and single-minded focus on the needs of the young, Variety strives to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, their families, community, and the world.