Yesterday, Giving Tuesday highlighted the ways in which tennis can give back - to the community, to society and to the underprivileged.
This is something many WTA stars do throughout the year in various ways: for example, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Sloane Stephens have all set up their own foundations, while Andrea Petkovic founded the Du Musst Kämpfen non-profit in honor of her childhood friend Johnny Heimes.
I am committed to giving back through the Simona Halep Foundation. We already fund a girls’ ice hockey team, finance the organization of several gymnastics events and of course we help budding tennis stars, but I have much bigger plans for the future! #GivingTuesday #WTA4Love pic.twitter.com/YYTKoZWYzR— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) December 3, 2019
On the 23rd November I hosted the Gala Dinner of the ES Foundation. This Charity Event will give a boost to young talents. My dream has come true!— Elina Svitolina (@ElinaSvitolina) November 26, 2019
I would like to thank everyone who has shared this evening with me. Together we are making a positive impact on the future. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ojuhtDJNoz
I am so proud of the work @SS_FDN has done but I’m even more excited of everything we hope to do! I’m grateful what tennis has given me & hope that SSF can help to pass that along. Please take a few mins & click the link in my bio to learn more & see how u can help #GivingTuesday pic.twitter.com/UIdKX2ScHq— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) December 3, 2019
Last month, Carla Suárez Navarro partnered with Ciudades de Viento and Tennis for All to help develop their project in Uganda.
Vania King has also worked with Tennis for All Uganda - one of the doubles star's many charitable endeavours. Meanwhile, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova hosted her annual AP charity tournament, and Madison Keys promised big things next year for her Fearlessly Girl organization.
Making lunch w/ @WTA Charities @ Ronald McDonald House in St Pete, FL on #givingtuesday! I’ve worked w/ Tennis for All Uganda, @barefootlawUG, & @ACEingAutism. If you are thinking to donate, these are great orgs that empower children through tennis!🥰❤️ #GivingTuesday #WTAforLove pic.twitter.com/KfFIw29FWZ— Vania King (@queen_v21) December 3, 2019
Proud and happy to have my AP tournament for 2nd year,giving back the opportunity for those kids to learn and grow in the best way possible in the future, i love the most to share and see those smiles! ❤️ #GivingTuesday #WTA4Love pic.twitter.com/932z4EFWG3— Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (@NastiaPav) December 3, 2019
Giving is about making a difference... no matter how big or small ✨ I love that tennis gives me the opportunity to give back to the fans that support us around the world. @WTA #WTA4Love #GivingTuesday pic.twitter.com/M9pSC4wqIL— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) December 3, 2019
CoCo Vandeweghe has been working with Corey Reich, who was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21, to raise awareness and ultimately find a cure to the condition, while Monica Puig has continued to help rebuild her homeland of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria's destruction in 2017.
After winning a Gold medal in Rio in 2016, Puerto Rico showered @MonicaAce93 with love.— WTA (@WTA) December 3, 2019
After Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017, Monica returned the love with the help of the #YoNoMeQuito Foundation.#GivingTuesday | #WTA4Love pic.twitter.com/3j7ADqBtrt
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova is a UNICEF Slovakia Ambassador, while Julia Goerges, Dominika Cibulkova, Iga Swiatek, Donna Vekic, Petra Kvitova and Mary Pierce have channelled their efforts into supporting the next generation of tennis players.
💛Everyday I feel fortunate to follow my passion for tennis. It gave me a lot so if I have even just a little chance to give back to others, I try to do that. Here it is to everyone and each of you. Thank you for your support, smile and energy.💛 @WTA #WTA4love #givingtuesday pic.twitter.com/0OAcCHG0YG— Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) December 3, 2019
Giving back is one of things I love most about my job as a tennis player! I can't wait to dedicate more time to it in the future. Giving kids the chance to learn and grow through sport is a huge passion for me. What about you? #GivingTuesday #WTA4Love pic.twitter.com/fMmDwbCO9x— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) December 3, 2019