Swiatek announces charity event for those affected by war in Ukraine
Iga Swiatek celebrates her victory over Croatia’s Jana Fett at the end of their women’s singles match at Wimbledon on Tuesday. AFP
Polish world number one Iga Swiatek has teamed up with fellow tennis players Agnieszka Radwanska, Elina Svitolina, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Martyn Pawelski for a special one-day event to raise money for those affected by the Russian invasion from Ukraine.
“Iga Swiatek & Friends for Ukraine”, scheduled for July 23 in Krakow, Poland, will feature a mixed doubles match and a series of singles between Swiatek and her compatriot Radwanska. Both matches will be refereed by Ukrainian Svitolina.
“For months, I worked with my team on a charity initiative for Ukraine to support those who suffer because of the war,” French Open champion Swiatek said in a statement on social media on Wednesday. .
“There will also be a special guest representing Ukraine – former (Ukrainian) football player Andriy Shevchenko.”
Ukraine was invaded by Russia in February in what Moscow calls a “special military operation”.
Swiatek, who is on a 36-game winning streak, has expressed his support for the beleaguered country, sporting a blue and yellow ribbon on his hat in recent months.
The 21-year-old beat Jana Fett 6-0 6-3 in her Wimbledon opener on Tuesday and takes on Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove on Thursday.