Giorgio Armani

ARMANI’S MATCH PLAY: Giorgio Armani will be the official sponsor of the Novak Djokovic Foundation and friends’ charity Gala dinner on Sept. 20 in Milan. The three-day event includes the gala as well as a series of celebrity tennis matches over the following two days. It will be held at the historical Castello Sforzesco and coincides with the kickoff of Milan Fashion Week.

The event brings together the worlds of fashion, tennis and business, with the goal of raising funds to support the Novak Djokovic Foundation, founded by Djokovic and his wife, Jelena Djokovic, the national director of NDF and a member of its board in the U.S. and U.K., which has enabled over 10,000 children to receive an education since 2007.

The gala will also have a silent auction that features items donated by the tennis star and other special guests. These exclusive items will be auctioned through Christie’s auction house.

On Sept. 21, Serena Williams will play Flavia Pennetta at NDF’s first tennis match held at the Milan Forum. Djokovic will also team up with Pennetta to challenge Williams and her partner, Fabio Fognini for a mixed doubles contest. On Sept. 22, Djokovic will challenge Rafael Nadal in a battle of two of the top-ranked tennis players in the world.

All proceeds from the three-day event will benefit the Novak Djokovic Foundation to help advance the future of long-term primary education projects.