US Open: “Tennis Plays for Peace” raises 1.2 million dollars for relief efforts in Ukraine

The event held in New York was attended by Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek, John McEnroe, Coco Gauff, Carlos Alcaraz, Leylah Fernandez, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jessica Pegula, Matteo Berrettini, Maria Sakkari, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda and Ben Shelton.

Nadal and Swiatek faced McEnroe and Gauff in one of the highlights of the evening.

Women’s world n. 1 Swiatek said: “For me, especially because Ukraine is right next to my country and because we Poles are really united and helping, and I want to use every opportunity to show people that we can all be united.”

Americans John McEnroe and Coco Gauff teamed up to face Swiatek and Nadal.

US star Coco Gauff added: “For me, speaking openly is something I always care about. I’ve always said you can change the world with your racket.

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

Ukrainian players Dayana Yastremska, Katarina Zavatska and Daria Snigur – as well as former players Sergiy Stakhovsky and Olga Savchuk – were also at the Louis Armstrong stadium, while Ustyn Chornyy, 12, of the Ukrainian Dumka choir from New York, sang the anthem. Ukrainian national team.

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina on a '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 assistance in affected communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled.

Several hours before the event, the USTA announced that Victoria Azarenka of Belarus would not attend, saying: “In the past 24 hours, after careful consideration and dialogue with all parties involved, Victoria Azarenka will not be attending our” Tennis Plays for Peace Show ‘tonight.

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

The event comes after Ukraine’s Ministry of Youth and Sports announced in a statement Tuesday that 133 Ukrainian athletes and coaches have died to date in the six months of the Russian invasion of the country.