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Indian Wells: Federer Pays a "Bear"-y Important Visit
Roger Federer's campaign at the 2007 Pacific Life Open may have been cut unexpectedly short, but tennis' top ambassador made sure his stay in Indian Wells included a visit with the tournament's ball kids.
Following his second round doubles match Tuesday, which he and compatriot Yves Allegro narrowly lost in the Match Tie-break, the ATP World No. 1 and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador greeted the ball kids who had purchased Feder-bear Beanie Babies.

Federer, who was a ball kid at his hometown tournament in Basel, posed for pictures and collected the more than eighty Feder-bears to take back to his hotel room, promising the ball kids he would return all of them with his autograph.

The Feder-bear Beanie BabyŽ is a plush take-home likeness of the Swiss, aimed at raising funds for Assisting Children Everywhere Program (ACE), the global partnership between the ATP and UNICEF whose objective is to ensure the health, education and protection of children around the world.

The Feder-bear has been in hot demand at the year's first ATP Masters Series event, with more than 1500 purchased. Since going on sale on the official Ty Web site last December, tens of thousands have shipped to destinations worldwide.