US Open’s ‘Tennis Play for Peace’ raises $1.2 million for Ukraine relief

Rafael Nadal, Inga Swietek, John McEnroe, Coco Gauff, Carlos Alcaraz, Leyla Fernandez, Felix Auger-Aliassim, Jessica Pegula, Matteo Berrettini, Maria Sakkari, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Taylor Fritz, Francis Tiafo, Tommy Paul, Sebastian Corda and Ben Shelter.

In one of the highlights of the evening, Nadal and Sweetek confront McEnroe and Gough.

1 Swietech in the women’s world said: “For me, especially because Ukraine is right next to my country and because we as Poles are really united and helping, and I do everything I can to show people that. I want to use the opportunity that we all can unite.”

US star Coco Gauff said: “For me to speak is something I’ve always cherished. I’ve always said you can change the world with your racket.

“So being here on Armstrong today and playing for such an amazing cause is something I won’t take lightly, and I’m grateful to be doing it among the legends of the sport.”

Ukrainian players Dayana Yastremska, Katarina Zavtska and Daria Snigur – as well as former players Sergei Stakhovsky and Olga Savchuk – were also at the Louis Armstrong Stadium, while Ustin Chorny, 12, from New York’s Ukrainian chorus Dumka, sang Ukraine’s national anthem.

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina on 'mission' to help war-torn country

The USTA said all ticket revenue from the event went to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, which supports humanitarian aid to affected communities in Ukraine and surrounding areas where Ukrainian refugees have fled.

Several hours before the event, the USTA announced that Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka would not participate, adding: “Over the past 24 hours, after careful consideration and negotiation with all parties, Victoria Azarenka has been our ‘Tennis Play for the Tennis’ play. ‘ Will not participate in. Peace Exhibition ‘Today evening.

“Vika is a strong player leader and we appreciate her willingness to participate. Given the sensitivity of Ukrainian players and the ongoing conflict, we believe this is the right course of action for us.”

The event follows Ukraine’s Ministry of Youth and Sports. announced A statement on Tuesday said 133 Ukrainian athletes and coaches have been killed in the six months since the Russian invasion of the country.