ROME, Italy - World No.1 Simona Halep got a chance to meet legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli ahead of her first match at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
Bocelli was performing a benefit concert, “Together For Sarnano,” at the Foro Italico to raise funds for the reconstruction of the Sports Center of Giacomo Leopardi secondary school, hit during the disastrous 2016 earthquake.
Several players took the night off for their Rome preparations to attend the concert, including Alison Riske, Andrea Hlavackova-Sestini and Halep - who’s previously named Bocelli as one of her favorite singers.
The concert was organized by the Internazionali BNL d’Italia along with the the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, whose mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, distress due to illness and social exclusion by promoting and supporting national and international projects that promote the overcoming of these barriers and the expression of their full potential.
The reconstruction of the Giacomo Leopardi secondary school in Sarnano, along with a new Sports Area, will be finalized thanks to the fundraising obtained by the event.