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Nishikori, top ATP players to play in charity soccer match for Japan

Tennis World vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

They do battle on the tennis court, but Japan native Kei Nishikori, world Nos. 1 and 2 Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and a host of other ATP stars will play an exhibition soccer match Wednesday to raise money for Japan relief efforts.

The ATP players, all in Florida for the Sony Ericsson Open, will face the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League at 7:30 p.m. at Ransom Everglades School in Miami.

Already committed ATP players include:




Andy Murray (No. 5 in the world)

David Ferrer (No. 6)

Fernando Verdasco (No. 9)

Juergen Melzer (No. 10)

Viktor Troicki (No. 17)

Richard Gasquet (No. 18)

Marcos Baghdatis (No. 24)

Feliciano Lopez (No. 41)

Tickets to the match are free, but donations are encouraged for Red Cross. For more info, go to A dinner and auction will follow the soccer match, with more information at

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