Swiatek organizes a charity tennis tournament for Ukrainian children

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WIMBLEDON, England — Top-ranked Iga Swiatek will host a tennis charity event next month in her home country of Poland to raise money for war-affected children and teenagers in Ukraine.

The event in Krakow on July 23 will include a mixed doubles exhibition match and Ukrainian football great Andriy Shevchenko will be a special guest.

“I hope we can see each other in great numbers at the TAURON Arena Krakow and in front of the television to show the strength of sport when it unites us to help and gives us at least a little joy,” Swiatek said on Wednesday on his social network. media accounts.

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine will serve as referee for the event. They hope to sell at least 10,000 tickets.

“The entire proceeds of the event will be donated to support war-affected children and adolescents in Ukraine,” Swiatek said.

Swiatek, 21, wore a pin in Ukrainian colors during his matches. She has a second-round match scheduled for Thursday at Wimbledon.

More than 4 million refugees spent in Poland after Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Poland offers them free shelter, social and medical care, education and job opportunities.

The All England Club has banned players from Russia and Belarus from competing at Wimbledon this year due to the war.

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Joseph K. Bennett