Genova Challenger Donates Proceeds To Earthquake Victims
Nearly 20,000 people attended the $125,000 tournament
The ATP Challenger Tour event in Genova, Italy, was a success on the court with world-class matches and a full Centre Court throughout the week. But its impact will be felt off the court well beyond Sunday’s final and help plenty of people throughout the country.
Tournaments organizers in Genova made the decision to donate all proceeds from the Challenger to earthquake victims in Italy. They collected €38,000 in total for the relief fund. A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on 24 August, causing immense damage to the region.
“Every year the organizing committee of the tournament makes a donation to a charity. The tragic event which hit the centre of Italy in the recent month pushed the organizers to make a bigger gesture by channeling the entire ticket sale revenue to the population seriously affected by the earthquake,” said Mauro Iguera, president of the Genova Challenger committee. “We have contacted several organizations to select the best charty to submit the funds to.”
Approximately 19,500 people attended the Challenger throughout the week, leaving the stadium at full capacity for both day and evening sessions. Former Top 15 player Jerzy Janowicz cemented his comeback from injury by defeating top seed Nicolas Almagro in the final.