Andy Murray and Fred Perry

Andy Murray and his wife, Kim, have launched a charity raffle to win a tennis ball signed by Murray and the late tennis legend Fred Perry:

“Several years ago we were handed a very special package. A tube of white tennis balls that had been signed by the late Fred Perry, accompanied by a note from their owner, Gail Sargent.

Gail was a lifelong tennis player and had met Fred on his visit to Maresfield Tennis Club in 1994. Over a decade later she watched a young Andy Murray practising at a different tennis club, and was so impressed with his potential that she decided to gift him with the signed balls for him to do with what he saw fit. Gail was battling ovarian cancer, and sadly passed away in 2010.

Fast-forward to the summer of 2013, and after the ghost of Fred Perry had been extinguished on Centre Court at Wimbledon, he somehow resurfaced in our home as we stumbled across Gail’s parcel that had been tucked away, waiting patiently. Instantly Andy signed all three of the white balls and we realised that we had captured something unique.

The tennis world and beyond has been rocked in recent years by the tragic loss of Elena Baltacha, and coupled with Ross Hutchins’ battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma we are reminded that not one of us is immune to this horrible disease. So many charities work tirelessly to help those affected by all forms of cancer.

We have decided to raffle one of the signed tennis balls in Gail’s memory, with the entire proceeds donated to the hospice that cared for her in accordance with the wishes of her husband, Richard.

St. Peter & St. James hospice in Sussex has been providing specialist care for patients for nearly 40 years, and is largely dependent on the generosity of the local community in order to fund its services. The hospice provides support free of charge to patients and their families, helping them to cope during illness and upon bereavement. This year they need to raise more than £2.6million through fundraising, which is £7,200 every single day.

A second ball will be displayed at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum from 23 June. Visit Wimbledon.com/Museum to find out how to visit. The third ball will remain with us.

We hope that this raffle can raise much needed funds for the hospice and enables them to continue the wonderful work that they do.

The draw takes place on 12th July and you can enter up until midnight on 10th July 2015.

Thanks for your participation

Andy & Kimberly Murray

Enter the raffle at: www.raffleplayer.com/andymurray

Sugarpova

I bought a bag of Sugarpova at Roland Garros last year, and totally forgot about it. I guess it’s more than time for me to taste it!

First, a look at the package:

The overall look is full of energy and fun. Psychedelic lips, the primary design element on each package, change color and pattern, depending on the flavour. Each flavour is named after an adjective, including Quirky, Sporty, Cheeky… mine is Flirty Sour.

The logo and design brand suit Maria Sharapova‘s sweetheart-like image quite well.

Sugarpova

Sugarpova

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100% of proceeds benefit Daniela‘s foundation, House of Smile, for children with HIV in Cambodia.

Daniela Hantuchova 2014 calendar

Daniela Hantuchova 2014 calendar

Daniela Hantuchova 2014 calendar

Daniela Hantuchova 2014 calendar

Daniela Hantuchova 2014 calendar

Daniela Hantuchova 2014 calendar

The calendar is on sale at Tennis Warehouse for $24.99

Zina Garrison celebrated both the 20th anniversary of the Zina Garrison Tennis Academy and her 50th birthday with gala “A Story of Love” at The Houstonian Hotel last Saturday (more infos here).

Former tennis players Billie Jean King, Chanda Rubin, Pam Shriver, Katrina Adams and Lori McNeil but also track and field legends Jackie Joyner Kersee and Carl Lewis did attend the event. Here are a few pics:
 

Photo credit: Meagan Elliott

From Roger Federer’s official Facebook page:

I will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga just before the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday 8 January 2014. The proceeds from the event will go to the Roger Federer Foundation and the Australian Tennis Foundation. Special guests include Australian tennis legend Rod Laver. Tickets go on sale midday November 14 – don’t miss out on this unique night of tennis! http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ROGERFED14