Google Down the Line!: PHOTO OP: ATP ballers hit the pitch for Japan

Thursday, March 24, 2011

PHOTO OP: ATP ballers hit the pitch for Japan

Some of the top ballers on the ATP World Tour came together for a friendly football/soccer match at the Ranson Everglades School in Miami to raise funds for the relief efforts in Japan. The tennis All Stars were defeated by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4-2 in the 40 minute charity match.

Novak Djokovic was captain of the team that included Kei Nishikori, Feliciano Lopez, Juan Monaco, Richard Gasquet, Viktor Troicki, Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jurgen Melzer. Baghs scored first and was voted MVP while Muzz scored the other goal in the match.

Alexandr Dolgopolov, Potito Starace, Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, David Marrero, Fernando Verdasco, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer were on hand as alternates.

Afterward, the ballers headed out to the gala dinner which raised $10,000 for the relief efforts. Craig Hickman, who writes Craig Hickman's Tennis Blog, has been providing coverage for Tennis Panorama and was on site for the event. He provided some great commentary, photos and videos (more to come.) Check out their Twitter timeline @GVTennisNews for last night's updates and for further Sony Ericsson Open coverage. It's been awesome!

If you'd like to contribute to the relief efforts visit the Red Cross website.

More images from last night's match below and after the jump - click the head.

[Photo(s): Clive Brunskill/Getty Images]
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