On Saturday night, the ATP came together with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to host the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Gala at the historic Royal Courts of Justice in London.
The event, supported by Moët & Chandon, raised over £400,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contenders who are already in London, including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, featured in a spectacular fundraising evening. Generously supported by Moët & Chandon, the event benefitted one of the most recognised and respected charities in the UK, as they raise money for a new respiratory ward at the hospital.
The Gala officially launched the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – the year-end climax to the men’s professional tennis season, to be played 5-12 November at The O2 – and raised vital funds for the new respiratory ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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The worlds best players personally supported the night by joining Moët & Chandon’s philanthropic ‘Toast for a Cause’ initiative, raising a mini Moet as they walked the red carpet. Moët & Chandon in turn made a donation for each participating player directly to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. In addition, three guests at the event each paid £7,500 to join the singles players on stage for a group photo.
The glamorous event was hosted by Kirsty Gallacher and Dan Lobb and guests enjoyed an exclusive performance from Brit and MOBO award winner Lemar and a DJ set from Emma B. Celebrity guests included Oliver Phelps, Lewis Moody, Duncan Goodhew and Paul Sampson.
Roger Federer said: “It’s great to be all together, in one place, for one cause, and that’s the Great Ormond Street Hospital tonight. I’m happy that we’re hopefully going to be able to raise a lot of money for the many kids that need it. I’m thrilled to be here tonight for a great cause.”
ATP Executive Chairman & President, Brad Drewett, said: “On behalf of the ATP, I’m delighted to officially welcome our singles players and doubles teams to London ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, as well as raising money for an extremely worthy cause through this great occasion. We’d like to thank all those who gave so generously on the night in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.”
An exclusive auction was held on the night, with lots including a rare gold-leaf Methuselah of Moët & Chandon signed by the world’s top tennis players. Other highly prized auction items included: VIP tickets to the 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2, a unique Hamilton & Inches pendant inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Brave and a NISSAN VIP experience at the Dubai 24 Hour Race.
Novak Djokovic remarked, “It’s been a great season for all these players. There have been four different Grand Slam winners for the first time in a very long time. So we are in some very interesting times in men’s tennis. Being at the [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals is an incredible moment and I’m sure all of us here will try to perform our best here at the last event of the year.”