Fundraiser held for stricken Florent

by: Matt Cronin | January 19, 2013

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

The Australian Open and various pros and ex-pros are holding an online fundraiser for former Aussie player Andrew Florent, who has been stricken with cancer. The 42-year-old Florent and his wife Rachel have two young sons, Oliver and Jai.

The tournament is auctioning off tickets to the men’s and women’s singles finals, accommodations at the Crown Metropol, tickets to the Legends Lunch starring Rod Laver and Andre Agassi, and a photo with this year’s Australian Open men’s singles champion. Jim Courier will also give the auction winners a tennis lesson, and they will get a chance to play doubles with Patrick Rafter and Goran Ivanisevic.

“This is terrible news, but what has heartened “Florey” and his family has been the outpouring of support from the entire tennis fraternity,” said his longtime friend Paul Kilderry. “This auction is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the added bonus that the winner is helping out a former Australian tennis player in a time of great need.”

Florent achieved a career high doubles ranking of No. 13. The auction is being held on ebay.com/au, and those who want to donate directly to the Florent family can visit wacharitydirect.com.au.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

U.S. tops Czech Republic, advances to Fed Cup final

The Americans, reaching the final for the first time in seven years, will play Belarus.

La Decimation: How Rafael Nadal got to 10 titles in Monte Carlo

When it comes to the clay, a consistent approach to the game—and life—sets him apart.

Cirstea angered by Konta reaction; LTA seeks sanctions against Nastase

The Romanian said stopping play wasn't the right call and questioned the Brits' toughness.