Challenger Stars Swap Racquets For Paintbrushes In Buenos Aires
High-quality tennis was on display throughout the week at the Copa San Cristobal in Buenos Aires, with six of the eight seeds reaching the quarter-finals. While the $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event is set to culminate on Sunday with an all-Argentine affair - top seed Horacio Zeballos battling third seed Nicolas Kicker - the action off the court was just as entertaining.
Challenger stars traded their racquets for paintbrushes during the player party, joining renowned artist Milo Lockett to support Foundation Red en Juego. Zeballos, Kicker, Federico Delbonis, Federico Coria, Maximo Gonzalez and Carlos Berlocq attended the fundraising event.
"We did something new in tennis during the inaugural tournament party," said Zeballos. "There was an important artist Milo Lockett and we had a great time with him. Some players painted with him and it was a great opportunity. Hopefully we can repeat it next year."
Red en Juego is a tennis programme that takes place in impoverished neighbourhoods of Argentina, aiming to offer children and adolescents the chance to engage in the sport. It allows them to build various life skills, including personal relationships.