• Gonzalez hopes Federer, Nadal will help with Chile relief

    3/7/10 8:01 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Gonzalez hopes Federer, Nadal will help with Chile relief Chile's Fernando Gonzalez hopes to take a page from Roger Federer's philanthropic handbook and organise a relief effort for his earthquake-ravaged homeland of Chile within weeks.

    Reports indicate that the top Chilean is in contact with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in hopes they will play in any benefit for victims.

    No. 10 Gonzalez is skipping the Indian Wells event which begins on Wednesday to stay in his homeland and work on relief efforts.

    Gonzalez reportedly wants to hold his event around the time of the Miami Masters in mid-March.

    Federer was first out of the blocks only days after January's Haiti earthquake, organising an event on the day before the Australian Open. The Hit for Haiti will be reprised next Friday at the Indian Wells Masters with stars including Federer, Nadal, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova on court.

    Gonzalez is putting aside his shock at the natural disasters as Chile plays a Davis Cup World Group tie at home against Israel.

    But focusing on the tennis ball may be difficult. "It's a new opportunity to bring joy to the country and I hope win in these difficult times the country is going ", said Davis Cup player Nicolas Massu of the weekend Davis tie.

    "If he wins it will leave Fernando calmer, and that can be very favorable to our expectations."

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