While all eyes were fixed Wimbledon last week three legends of the sport made their mark off the grass courts of the All England Club.
On the 4th of July Roger Federer he joined his colleague Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award Winner Richard Krajicek and wheelchair tennis icon Esther Vergeer for a clinic at the Krajicek Playground Reigersbos in Amsterdam, providing a special day for children supported by the Krajicek Foundation and the Esther Vergeer Foundation.
“It was a pleasure to play tennis with all the kids. “Tennis has connected Esther, Richard and I throughout our careers, so I think it’s nice for us to stand together on the court and motivate and inspire a new generation of players,” said Federer. “It’s great, isn’t it Roger Federer The Foundation, the Krajicek Foundation and the Esther Vergeer Foundation are all connected through the postcode lottery. I really enjoyed it here in Holland. And I hope to see a future champion from here.
“I want to congratulate Richard and Esther on everything they are doing with their foundation, as well as their incredible careers.”
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The Krajicek Foundation serves at-risk children in the Netherlands by helping them play sports in a safe environment. The foundation, which received an ATP ACES For Charity grant in 2020, is building the Krajicek playground to help create leaders who can influence other children in their community.
“My foundation and I are doing everything we can to give children living in disadvantaged urban areas the opportunity to play sports and play outdoors in a socially safe environment, close to home,” said Krajíček. “The fact that the National Postcode Lottery makes this possible Roger Federer To come and provide a clinic for these kids is obviously fantastic.”
Established in 2004, the Esther Vergeer Foundation introduces children with disabilities to sports. As part of the clinic, children in wheelchairs got to rally with Vergeer, Federer and Krajíček.
“The Esther Vergeer Foundation helps children with physical disabilities to play sports in a regular club. As a result, they learn to deal with their disability, their self-confidence grows and they become stronger in society,” said Vergeer. “So great that with this special tennis clinic. Roger Federer we were able to show a large audience what sports can do. It was an incredibly beautiful day for us, but especially unforgettable for the children. Great that the postcode lottery made this possible.”