The ATP’s best got all dressed up Saturday night at the ATP World Tour Finals Gala at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Among those wearing their Saturday best were Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and everyone else in the field with the exception of David Ferrer. It’s a good thing for the event that all the top guys lost early in Paris (or didn’t play like Federer) to be available the gala which benefited the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
“We do a lot [of charity work] throughout the year by ourselves for our own charities,” said Federer. “Obviously, 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 very thrilled and I hope we can raise a lot of money.”
With just 48 hours before the start of the Finals, players were also focused on their game.
“It’s been a great season for all these players,” Djokovic said. “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 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.”
Added Murray, who returned for his first event in London since his gold medal, “The support changed a little bit after that,” said Murray. “I can thank [Federer] for that. The last few months have been unbelievable. I hope I can finish it off well. I didn’t get to finish the tournament as I would have liked last year, so I’m going to give it 110 per cent to try and finish the season well.”
Murray will play Tomas Berdych on Monday followed by Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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