From the ATP World Tour –(November 4, 2012) LONDON – The world’s top men’s singles players and doubles teams, including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Bob and Mike Bryan, gathered on Saturday evening at the official Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Gala, at The Royal Courts of Justice in London. The event, supported by Moët & Chandon, raised more than £400,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
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.
The event was hosted by Kirsty Gallacher and Dan Lobb, with guests enjoying an exclusive performance from Brit and MOBO award winner Lemar and a DJ set from Emma B.
The world’s best players personally supported the night by joining Moët & Chandon’s philanthropic ‘Toast for a Cause’ initiative, raising a mini Moët 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. Players helped raise an additional £22,500 on the night by offering three lucky guests the chance to join them on stage for a once-in-a-lifetime group photo.
Federer, a six-time winner of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, 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.