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Formula One stars to play tennis in Melbourne 16 Feb 2007

Mark Webber (AUS) Williams at the Pitstop Tennis Pro-Am Tournament.
Formula One World Championship, Rd.3, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 29 March 2006

Red Bull’s Mark Webber will join fellow Formula One stars Nick Heidfeld, Alex Wurz and Scott Speed at a charity tennis tournament, ahead of March's Australian Grand Prix. The drivers are set to demonstrate their prowess on the tennis court alongside several professional players including Paul McNamee and Jason Stoltenberg.

“I am delighted to be part of this year’s event and it’s fantastic we have the support of the F1 drivers and Aussie tennis stars, which will guarantee the spectators a great event and importantly it’s all in aid of Australian children who require support, and what a great way to help them out,” said Webber.

The event, which will be held in Melbourne’s Albert Park in the week before the Grand Prix, has been organized to raise funds for the Australian driver’s own children’s charity, the Mark Webber Challenge Foundation. Those interested in attending have been advised to arrive early due to limited ticket numbers.

“Last year fans witnessed Fernando Alonso prove that he is not only fast on track, but also at hitting a tennis ball for a good cause,” explained organizer Chris Styring. “The 2006 event attracted over 1,000 people and this year we have only 450 tickets so with gates opening at 5pm people will need to get there early to avoid disappointment.”

The tournament will take place at Tennis Australia’s Albert Reserve facility on Tuesday, March 13 from 1715 hours local time. The 2007 Australian Grand Prix will be held in Melbourne on 15-18 March.