It’s become an annual tradition for players from the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters to visit with patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and 2010 is no exception.
On Monday, two-time tournament finalist Lleyton Hewitt took time to make the visit to the hospital. He spent almost an hour visiting with children and touring the facility.
Hewitt, who has reached the quarterfinals in Cincinnati six times in his career, is a former No. 1 who has won titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open.
The men's tournament has been played for the benefit of Cincinnati Children's since 1974. Since 1987, the tournament proceeds have supported Treatment Center II. Approximately 11,000 patients were served in the dermatology, audiology, and ear, nose and throat clinics. From 1987 to the present, funds from the tournament has supported the Five Plus Clinic, a follow-up program for long-term survivors of childhood cancer. The clinic provides care for patients who have successfully overcome cancer and who require on-going follow-up visits with pediatric specialists. Donations to Cincinnati Children's have exceeded $7 million over the past 34 years.