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Celebrities Turn Out for Djokovic's Foundation Gala

Friday, July 12, 2013 /by
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Suffice it to say that, in terms of amusement, few things beat Goldie Hawn and daughter Kate Hudson dueling on a makeshift tennis court in ball gowns. That's just what transpired at the Novak Djokovic Foundation's charity gala, though the Spin hopes that the all-too-brief match-up didn't end with Hawn revealing this face.

Also on hand were the likes of Wimbledon men's-final-goer Gerard Butler (a Scot no doubt in Andy Murray's camp), fellow actor Jeremy Piven (who does a mean version of the splits, incredibly), Hudson husband and Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, tennis great Boris Becker, and ageless supermodel Naomi Campbell. In a perhaps unlikely alliance, Campbell herself actually served in a fundraising capacity for Djokovic's foundation. The Daily Mail has more images of all the frolicking eventgoers here.

Of course, Djokovic's righthand woman Jelena Ristic was also present, as she leads on a lot of his foundation's efforts, as Djokovic noted in a Facebook post on Tuesday that affectionately said, "My love Jelena ... worked for many months to make it happen and ... will continue to work to put all the money into good use so that many children can benefit."

As this ATP World Tour article has it, the Djoker's foundation is no laughing matter. It "has supported a variety of projects since its inception, varying from support for children orphaned by war and youngsters in need of health care to rebuilding efforts in flood-ravaged cities and the upkeep of Serbian monasteries and churches." The foundation gala raised more than 1.2 million British pounds in funding for its mission to help those less fortunate.

There was a time when it was alleged that Djokovic retired a lot from matches and stepped away from battle. If so, those days are long gone. He was a gracious runner-up to Murray at Wimbledon last week, and he thrives in his fundraising role in much the same way Andy Roddick and others do with their respective charities. Whether on or off court, let it be said that Djokovic is always ready for a good, noble fight.

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