Wearing red t-shirts with Japanese flags at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, tennis players acknowledged the hardships Japan is going through. Moreover, they raised funds to help the country which is hosting one of the major stops in tennis tournaments.
Tennis world, including contributions from the WTA, ATP, ITF, four Grand Slams and tennis fans, has collected over $300,000 for Japan. In addition, sports brand Fila, represented by Kim Clijsters, who had said she would skip the Tokyo tournament because of radiation fears, made special Japan t-shirts which are being sold at the Sony Ericsson Open during the weekend and all the proceeds will go to the country struck by the tsunami-nuclear disaster.
Furthermore, players including WTA stars Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Ai Sugiyama recorded video messages sharing their love for Japan. Videos will be shown throughout the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open and online on Facebook and official websites of women’s and men’s tours.