Friday, May 2nd, world famous athletes Rafael Nadal and Iker Casillas hosted a celebrity-filled Charity Day at the Mutua Madrid Open to raise money for their respective foundations. There were a huge number of figures from sports and entertainment at the event, including Serena Williams, models Cristina Pedroche and Nieves Alvarez, Andy Murray, Feliciano Lopez, and Carlos Moya.
The event was held at the Caja Magica and involved participants split into two groups of eight for an evening of games of tennis, football-tennis, volleyball-tennis and some dancing. Fans at the Caja Magica were also treated to a couple of doubles matches, featuring Nadal/Murray against Lopez/Moya and Nadal/Williams against Casillas/Radwanska, before Nadal and Casillas went head-to-head.
“I’m really thankful to everyone who made the effort to be here to support us,” said Nadal. “Hopefully everyone had a good time at this event, which in the end raised some money for [our] foundations – money that will help us to continue our work with children in need.”
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray also enjoyed himself, “This is a great event. They put on a fantastic show. A lot of fans came to watch it and they raised a lot of money for the Rafa and Iker Foundations. It was a great day.”
The funds raised at this event will support the Rafael Nadal Foundation’s “Integration and Sport” project and the Iker Casillas Foundation’s “Inclusive Sport for Differently Abled Children”. Nadal is a 27-year-old world champion tennis player and Casillas is a 32-year-old football (soccer for Americans) goalkeeper for Real Madrid.