On the first weekend of September, Bosco di Ciliegi and the Friends Charity Foundation held the 2nd Bosco Friends Open Charity Tennis Tournament. The tournament, organized at the Bosco Tennis Club, Luzhniki, was sponsored by RADO, Avilon Jaguar Land Rover, Lanit, and Otkritie Bank Private Banking.
This year everyone who took part in the Bosco charity campaign and bought a polo or T-shirt from the SS 2020 collection to receive an invitation to the tournament could be in the audience. The special event was held from August 24 to September 6. 30% of all revenue was transferred to the Friends Charity Foundation. Mikhail Kusnirovich announced the results of the campaign and presented the Friends Charity Foundation with a cheque for 1 016 611.20 rubles.
On September 5, 16 pairs played. Anastasia Frolova and Alexander Pronin were the winners.
Famous Russian tennis players Elena Vesnina, Igor Kunitsyn, Ekaterina Makarova, and Igor Andreev played with media personalities and businesspersons on September 6. Vladimir Pozner, Ksenia Solovieva, Konstantin Bogomolov, Mikhail Broitman, and many others teamed up with professional tennis players in support of the Friends Charity Foundation.
Ivan Urgant, president of the supervisory board, was the BOSCO FRIENDS OPEN announcer this year. Ksenia Sobchak, Nadezhda Solovieva, Alexandra Solovieva, and other stars came to support their loved ones. Dmitry Yampolsky, Gor Nakhapetyan, Yan Yanovsky and Lena Feygin, Shamil Tarpishev, Oleg and Anastasia Menshikov, Alexander Tsypkin, Alexander Rapport, Masha Fedorova, Philipp and Liza Yankovsky, Victoria Davydova, Alyona Babenko, Vlad Lisovets, Irina Mironova, Svetlana Khorkina, Askold Zapashny, Polina Askeri, Roman Kostomarov and Oksana Domnina, Andrey Gnatyuk, Ilya Averbukh, Irina Jovovich, Xenia Sukhinova, Kristina Levieva, Victoria Polyakova, Sergey Filin, Maria Prorvich, Alexey and Galina Nemov, Olga Fler, Alexey Tikhonov, Ekaterina Bobrova, Dmitry Soloviev, Maxim Stavitsky, Albina Denkova, and other were seen on the grandstands.
A stars’ match served as the culmination of the tournament: Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova triumphed over Anastasia Myskina and Maria Kirilenko in a dramatic match.
Vladimir Makarov and Liudmila Glukhova played with Alexey Sonk and Vasilisa Davydova in the amateur finals. Sonk and Davydova as the winning team were awarded the BOSCO FRIENDS OPEN 2020 Cup and exclusive RADO watches.
A special archery competition was held among those who donated a small sum to the Friends Charity Foundation. Winners were awarded Rado watches, an Electra bike, as well as Bosco sportswear.
The Swiss brand Rado is the official timekeeper of the tournament. The brand supports many of the world’s famous tennis tournaments. Winners in both singles and doubles received Rado watches as prizes. The winner of the archery competition received a Captain Cook watch made from hi-tech ceramics.
Thanks to the support of Otkritie Bank Private Banking, a special all-prize lottery was held in the charity zone. The main prize –exclusive TUMI suitcases: the legendary 19 Degree model with décor by the outstanding Russian street artist Anatoly Akue. Lottery participants were awarded Otkritie concierge service certificates, Usatchevsky Market fruit baskets, Martell cognac, Moscow Cinema certificates, Novikov School certificates, and Aldo Coppola certificates. Ivan Urgant personally presented the two main winners with their new TUMI suitcases.
Guests of the BOSCO FRIENDS OPEN could also ride Electra bikes, test drive the new Range Rover, and take part in various activities within the fan zone.
In total, the Friends Charity Foundation received more than 5 000 000 rubles. The Foundation is grateful to the organizers, partners, and participants of the tournaments for their contribution to the development of charity initiatives in Russia.