Players Give Back During Miami Unites Day
Before main draw action at the Miami Open presented by Itau, some of the most recognisable ATP Tour players lent their time on Tuesday to Miami Open Unites.
The day of service was dedicated to giving back to the South Florida community. Events were held at the Hard Rock Stadium and locations throughout the greater Miami area.
“The kids were very nice and upbeat. They’ve been dealt unfortunate hands and the way they’re dealing with it is inspiring,” said Bob. “It’s great to give back and if we can brighten their day a little bit, it’s worth it for us.”
Alexander Zverev, defending champion John Isner and Roberto Bautista Agut visited the Greater Humane Society of Miami. The players groomed the animals in order to increase their chances for adoption. The strategy worked as Zverev ended up adopting one of the puppies!
Kei Nishikori, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Marin Cilic, Nick Kyrgios and Nicolas Jarry led a community tennis clinic and Q&A at the Hard Rock Stadium for UNICEF’s Kid Power program. Members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School boys' and girls' tennis teams participated in the event, which also included discussions on overcoming adversity and being a positive force in the community. A shooting at the high school in February 2018 killed 17 students and staff members.
BNP Paribas Open champion Dominic Thiem, Miomir Kecmanovic and Guido Pella helped repair a home by painting and landscaping. Their efforts supported the work of Rebuilding Together, an organisation that repairs and rebuilds homes for Miami-Dade County’s senior citizens, veterans and disabled individuals.
Lastly, Grigor Dimitrov, David Ferrer and Borna Coric served lunch to residents living at the shelter of the Miami Rescue Mission. The organisation provides food, shelter and programming to needy South Florida residents.