Kate joins forces with Roger Federer for charity tennis event

The Laver Cup Open Practice Day on September 22 will raise money for disadvantaged children.

17 August 2022

The Duchess of Cambridge has teamed up with tennis star Roger Federer to announce a charity collaboration to raise money for disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

The Laver Cup Open Practice Day will be staged on September 22 at The O2 in London.

Fans will get the chance to watch Federer and other tennis greats from Team Europe and Team World during their final on-court practice for the competition.

Wimbledon 2019 – Day Thirteen – The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Roger Federer is presented with the runners-up trophy by the Kate at Wimbledon in 2019 (Mike Egerton/PA)

Tickets go on sale on Monday August 22.

The event will raise money for two organisations of which Kate is patron – Action for Children and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), whose charitable arm is the LTA Tennis Foundation.

The collaboration between the Laver Cup, which was co-founded by Federer, and the two charities was Kate’s idea, Kensington Palace said.

The Laver Cup will also host a day of tennis in East London, attended by Kate and Federer, for children supported by Action for Children and young people from the local area who are part of the LTA Serves programme.

Kate, who is a passionate tennis fan, is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), the organisation which stages Wimbledon.

Federer is her son 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.

The Swiss player revealed George had a “good technique”.

Federer and his wife Mirka were also guests at the wedding of the duchess’s sister Pippa in 2017.

Kate presented Federer with his runners-up plate after his 2019 Wimbledon men’s final defeat by Novak Djokovic.

Known for her competitiveness, Kate played a practice session with US Open women’s champion Emma Raducanu during a homecoming event in September last year.

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