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Giorgio Armani To Sponsor Novak Djokovic Foundation Charity Gala

Aug 19, 2016 10:57 AM EDT
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Giorgio Armani has signed on to be the official sponsor of the Novak Djokovic Foundation and friends' charity gala dinner, WWD reported.

The gala, slated to take place on Sept. 20 in Milan, is part of a three-day event that also includes a series of celebrity tennis matches. The dinner will take place at the historical Castello Sforzesco and also coincides with the start of Milan Fashion Week.

The gala, which will feature a silent auction with items donated by Djokovic and other special guests, aims to raise money for the tennis star's foundation, which, according to WWD, has enabled more than 10,000 children to receive an education since 2007.

The event's first tennis match will take place on Sept. 21 between Serena Williams and Flavia Pennetta. Williams and her partner, Fabio Fognini, will also take on Djokovic and Pennetta in a mixed doubles match. Finally, on Sept. 22, Djokovic will challenge Rafael Nadal.

All proceeds from the charitable event will benefit the Novak Djokovic Foundation.

Armani recently made headlines when he announced that he will not close Milan Fashion Week this season as he done for many years in the past. Instead, he will present his spring/summer 2017 collection mid-Milan Fashion Week.

This move means the last day of Milan Fashion Week — Sept. 26 — will be without a show by a strong, international name.

Armani has, on many occasions in the past, expressed frustration with being the only major designer to close Milan Fashion Week for years now. In February 2014, Armani lashed out at Anna Wintour for skipping his fall/winter 2014 runway show to head to the Paris shows early.

"There are some who prefer to snub the Giorgio Armani show and go to Paris. [Anna Wintour] took an airplane, dumped Mr. Armani and went to Paris," Armani said at a press conference following his show, the Telegraph reported. 

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