Stich's service for charity

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The 10th seed at Wimbledon, Michael Stich, only reached the fourth round this year, but he has been pouring a lot of his energy into promoting a charitable foundation which he and his wife, Jessica Stockmann, have founded.

The Michael Stich Stiftung Charity assists HIV-infected children. With capital provided by Stich, plus the proceeds of a tennis event in Mannheim, it has made heartening progress. "We should try to share some of our good fortune with those that need it most. We are so lucky with our lives," Stich said.

Stich, one of only eight players to win at least one title every year since 1990, launched his foundation in November 1994 soon after being runner-up in the US Open. He married Jessica in September 1992 and served on the ATP Tour Player Council in 1991.

Donations or ideas for the foundation should be sent to: Michael Stich Stiftung, Ferdinand-Maria-Strasse, 31, 80639 Munich, Germany. Phone/Fax 49 89 17 54 11.

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