Vienna, 16 July 2012 Press release

3rd Charity Tennis Tournament of the Foreign Ministry

Vienna, 16 July 2012 – Austrian Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger invited tennis players from politics, business, the arts, the diplomatic corps and the media to the 3rd Charity Tennis Event at the Fontana Tennis Center in Oberwaltersdorf on Sunday, 15 July. The event with 80 contestants raised € 24,070 which will be donated in equal portions to the SOS Children’s Village Bharatpur in Nepal and the SOS Children’s Village Greece.

Tournament Director Ronnie Leitgeb, sports manager and president of the Austrian Tennis Association, a good friend and former school class mate of Foreign Minister Spindelegger, managed the event comprising mixed doubles played with changing partners and opponents.

Honorary guest of this year’s tennis charity tournament was Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák who competed in the tournament together with other prominent players including Austrian Environmental Minister Niki Berlakovich, State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner, Andrea Fendrich, tennis legend Hans Kary, Franz Wohlfahrt (Novomatic) and Thomas Hintze (UPC Telekabel).

A private tennis lesson with Austria’s number 1 in tennis, Jürgen Melzer, and tickets for the Roland Garros tournament in Paris plus hotel stay for two people were auctioned as special prizes. In addition to the athletic competition, musical entertainment was offered by the trio “Cum Anima”, three students of the Vienna Conservatory of Music.

The Foreign Ministry offers grateful thanks in particular to the following sponsors: Adidas, Apotheke zur Mariahilf, Beiersdorf, Champ Events, Coca Cola, Dunlop, Generali, Henkel, Herber Hausner Süd-Ost Speditionsgesellschaft, Hervis, Hotel Sacher, Intersport Eybl, Kattus, Liland IT, Lotto, NIKI, ORF, Ottakringer, Red Bull, Rewe Group, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Spar, Stada, Tenniscenter Fontana, Wilson, vintner Georg Gmeiner. Without their support the event would not have been possible.

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