The Duchess of Cambridge is joining forces with Swiss 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in the name of charity.
Kate and Federer will take to the court to volley each other in an effort to raise awareness and encourage fundraising for two charities of which the Duchess is a patron, Action for Children and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
Excited to announce that Laver Cup is partnering with The Duchess of Cambridge this year to raise funds for two incredible charities – @actionforchildrenuk and the @LTA Tennis Foundation. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to seeing you in London! https://t.co/7B82Gkj5EE
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) August 17, 2022
The event, hosted by the Laver Cup, will take place in East London and will give children aged 8-15 the chance to play with the tennis champion.
The idea for the event was put forward by Kate herself, in a bid to encourage children from all walks of life to participate in the sport and reap the benefits of a “memorable and engaging experience”.
“The Laver Cup is committed to supporting community initiatives impacting young people in each city it visits and the collaboration with Action for Children and the LTA was initiated by a recommendation from The Duchess,” the Laver Cup said in a statement.
“Her Royal Highness is passionate about supporting grassroots tennis and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to become involved in the sport.
“The donation received by Action for Children, which helps vulnerable children, young people and their families across the UK, will help to provide practical and emotional care and support for children, as well as making sure they can have fun through activities and days out.
“Funds given to the LTA Tennis Foundation will fund the SERVES programmes, specifically going towards the funding of fifty new LTA SERVES coaching programmes for children in some of the most deprived areas of the country, including near The O2 in London, to leave a lasting Laver Cup legacy.”
Action for Children said they’re “grateful” to be invited to the charitable event, saying it will provide significant benefit to “vulnerable children”.
We’re so grateful to our patron, @KensingtonRoyal, for inviting us to be a part of this incredible event!
Donations from the event will help us provide support to vulnerable children and families ❤️???? https://t.co/ARzK5EXeDy
— Action for Children (@actnforchildren) August 17, 2022
The Duke and Duchess have regularly displayed their affinity for tennis making frequent appearances in the Royal Box at Wimbledon.