SERVING SERBIA: Fashion met tennis at the first annual benefit gala for the Novak Djokovic Foundation on Wednesday evening at Capitale in New York City. Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Wintour and John McEnroe helped raise $1.4 million for the nonprofit, which focuses on children’s programs, particularly early education in Djokovic’s native Serbia. Karlie Kloss helped auction fund-raising items on stage during dinner and Anja Rubik, whose husband is Serbian, vamped for the cameras.
“I come from a small country where not many kids dare to dream and I believe every one of them should have an opportunity to dream,” said Djokovic, wearing a Theory tuxedo in a bit of synergy with on-court apparel sponsor Uniqlo, as both brands are owned by Japan’s Fast Retailing Co.
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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, was there with daughter Princess Beatrice. “I’m still a child at 52 and I think it’s really important to keep the child within you. I so support the 12 kindergarten schools you’re about to build,” she told Djokovic.