The Duchess of Cambridge has teamed up with the tennis pro Roger Federer to announce a charity collaboration to raise money for disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
The Laver Cup Open Practice Day will give fans the chance to watch Federer and other tennis greats, including Sir Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal during their final on-court practice for the competition.
The event will raise money for two organisations that Kate is a patron for – Action for Children and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), whose charitable arm is the LTA Tennis Foundation. Proceeds from the tickets will be split between the two charities.
The collaboration between the Laver Cup, which was co-founded by Federer, and the two charities was Kate’s idea, Kensington Palace said.
“Her Royal Highness is passionate about supporting grassroots tennis and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to become involved in the sport,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The pair are holding the event on behalf of the Laver Cup and it will see Roger Federer play other tennis stars on court at The O2 in London.
Federer tweeted he was excited to announce the Laver Cup was partnering with the duchess this year, adding: “Thank you for your support, and I look forward to seeing you in London!”
Excited to announce that Laver Cup is partnering with The Duchess of Cambridge this year to raise funds for two incredible charities – @actionforchildrenuk and the @LTA Tennis Foundation. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to seeing you in London! https://t.co/7B82Gkj5EE— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) August 17, 2022
Federer is Prince George’s favourite player, and the 20-times grand slam champion has given coaching tips to the prince in the past, playing him after meeting the royal youngster at the home of Kate’s parents in Bucklebury, Berkshire, in 2019.
Ahead of the main event, the Laver Cup will be joining forces with Action for Children to offer local young people to join in a day of tennis in East London.
The Laver Cup will also host a day of tennis in east London, that will be attended by Kate and Federer, for children aged eight to 15 drawn from those supported by Action for Children, and youngsters from the local area who are part of the LTA Serves programme.
When is the Laver Cup Open Practice Day and where will it take place?
The Laver Cup Open Practice Day will take place on Thursday, September 22 at The O2 in London. The Laver Cup will then run from September 23 to 25.
How can I get tickets for the Laver Cup Open Practice Day?
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Monday August 22 and will be available on the Laver Cup website.
Who will be involved in the Laver Cup Open Practice Day?
Federer will join Sir Andy, Djokovic, Nadal, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas in Team Europe to face America’s Taylor Fritz, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, among others, from Team World.