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The Gazprom Hungarian Open, a 2018 ATP ACES For Charity grant recipient, held a successful kids’ day two years ago in Budapest, benefitting more than 400 children. The tournament also donated three junior-sized sports wheelchairs, which kids used to play tennis with the help of wheelchair tennis instructors and ATP Tour pros.
Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, No. 2 seed Damir Dzumhur, Colombian Santiago Gonzalez, Briton Dominic Inglot, Germans Yannick Maden and Maximilian Marterer, Japan’s Ben McLachlan, Aussie John Millman, Hungarian Zsombor Piros, top seed Lucas Pouille, #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov, Croatian Franko Skugor, Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, and Swede Elias Ymer joined the festivities to help create a memorable experience for all of the kids. The event was held in tandem with the Hand in Hand Foundation, which helps disabled people and their families through various aspects of life, such as education, health and family care, employment and recreation.
There was a wheelchair tennis clinic for both disabled and able-bodied children, as well as a mini-tennis clinic involving ATP World Tour players and top Hungarian wheelchair tennis players. It was a fun day for everyone in attendance, with various entertainment off the court, including opportunities to try out the tennis wheelchairs, play volleyball, soccer and much more.