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Canada’s Top Tennis Star Milos Raonic Has New Foundation To Help Kids With Disabilities; George Is P
November 15, 2012
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Not sure if you know this about George, but he's not exactly an avid tennis player. He really has no idea how to play.

He is, however, a big believer in giving back and gives a lot of time to charitable events.

Well, over the next two nights, worlds are colliding.

Tonight, there's a fund raising event at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club in support of the Milos Raonic Foundation and George will be a part of it.

Raonic, of course, is Canada's top singles player - currently ranked 13th in the world on the men's ATP World Tour.

He decided to start his foundation after he recently met a young girl with a prosthetic arm, who was using 'Kids Tennis' as part of her therapy.

The proceeds raised will go toward helping other kids who need or use prosthetic limbs to take part in sports, recreation, or therapy.

A portion of the proceeds from tonight's event will also go to supporting Tennis Canada's 'Let's Make Tennis Matter for Kids' campaign.

As part of the event, organizers are launching The Raonic Race for Kids.

10 teams of 6-8 racers will compete in a series of fun, timed, circuit-style challenges. And each team will have an Honourary Team Captain.

The celebrity captains include George, Canadian tennis star Daniel Nestor, former CFL star Damon Allen and former NHLer Brad Marsh, with Evanka Osmak of Sportsnet as the Master of Ceremonies.

The winning team will win The Raonic Cup presented by tennis greats Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, Aga Radwanska and, of course, Raonic.

Plus, the race winners will receive tickets to the 'Face-Off' tennis exhibition tomorrow night at the Air Canada Centre, and attend a meet and greet with the players.

Here's a TV spot for the event.

George will be part of the celebrity mixed doubles portion of the event, along with Adrian Grenier of 'Entourage' fame and Bachelor Canada star Brad Smith.

As well, Williams (a 15-time Grand Slam champ) will play world No. 4 Radwanska in a rematch of this year's Wimbledon final. Then, Raonic will play former world No. 1 Roddick.

Now, as we said off the top, George isn't much of a tennis player. He hasn't picked up a racquet in years.

So, to get him ready, we put together a primer on how to look good and play hard when he hits centre court.

Fashionable People

Let's be honest. Tennis loves its fashion. From bloomers to Agassi, see how tennis has been stylish since the very beginning, courtesy of The Daily Beast.

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1984 French Open Finals: John McEnroe vs Ivan Lendl

Tennis is about epic battles. This is one of them.

From the first serve, McEnroe looked like he would breeze to victory. But when he faced match point, Lendl summoned something from deep within. Then - like some kind of miracle - he rallied to win the point, then the game, then the set; then another: until he turned the tables and served for his first Grand Slam title.

Essential Reading

Timothy Gallwey: 'Inner Tennis'

Call it Zen and the Art of Tennis. Billie Jean-King called it her tennis bible. It won't just teach you how to succeed in tennis - it will teach you how to succeed in life. If you're too lazy to read it, watch this video instead!

Andre Agassi: 'Open'

Tennis' bad boy surprises everyone with a memoir that defies all our preconceptions. Revelation #1 - he hated tennis!

Pack a Lunch

This is a completely ridiculous and awesome footnote in tennis history. It was a first round match between American John Isner and France's Nicolas Mehut that should have lasted a couple hours. Instead, the match became the longest ever played: a total of 11 hours and five minutes over the course of three days. When the dust settled, they played 183 games and 100 aces and we expect they both wept.

Tennis is beautiful theatre and this article proves it. A few do's and don'ts for George to follow.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/osm/story/0,,727705,00.html

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King was a bonafide champion on the court and a tireless advocate for sexual equality in the sport. Bobby Riggs found the hard way when he dared to challenge her to a match dubbed 'The Battle of The Sexes' in 1973. Still don't believe us? Watch this

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Arthur Ashe

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canadas-top-tennis-star-milos-raonic-has-a-new-foundation-to-help-kids-with-disabilities-George-is-part-of-tonights-big-event-feature3.JPG He was the first African-American to win the NCAA Singles Crown in 1965. Three years later, he was the first to win a Grand Slam title at the US Open. Until his untimely death at 49, Ashe won huge and fought for equality on and off the court. If you're ever in Richmond, Virginia, seek out The Arthur Ashe Monument, a heroic statue of Ashe surrounded by kids, raising a tennis racket and books high up in the sky. Tennis + Education = A Life Well Lived.

Life After Tennis

Yannick Noah, a disciple of Arthur Ashe's and France's first international tennis sensation, defied all the rules. He partied hard throughout his career and though he never got past the quarter-finals in any major tournament, he was beloved. And once the curtain fell on his rollercoaster tennis career, he reinvented himself as a musician and continued to rock the world. Need proof? Listen to this:

The Best Song About Tennis: 'Anyone For Tennis' by 'Cream'

So, there you have it. Now, go kick some ass George!

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