A few days before the start of this year’s US Open Grand Slam tournament, a group of tennis stars, including Iga Świątek and Rafael Nadal, will play exhibition matches. Ticket proceeds will be donated to help Ukraine.
The event was scheduled for August 24, when Ukraine celebrates its independence day, at Louis Armstrong Stadium – one of the courts where the US Open matches are played.
According to a release from the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the showcase event will feature, among others: Świątek, Nadal, John McEnroe, Coco Gauff, Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, Canadians Leylah Fernandez and Felix Auger-Aliassime, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka and others. The organisers also hope to have celebrities from outside the tennis community in attendance.
All the income from the tickets, which will be sold for USD 25-50, will be donated to GlobalGiving, an organisation that provides humanitarian aid to war-affected people in various regions of Ukraine and in neighbouring refugee crisis-hit countries.
USTA announces "Tennis Plays for Peace Exhibition" for Ukraine relief on August 24. Will feature Rafael Nadal, Coco Gauff, Iga Swiatek, Carlos Alcaraz, Vika Azarenka, and more. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/7XeSf03eoG— Erik Gudris (@ATNtennis) August 10, 2022