US Open 2022: Nadal and Alcaraz raise funds for Ukraine at exhibition in New York

US Open 2022: Nadal and Alcaraz raise funds for Ukraine at exhibition in New York

Rafa Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz took part this Wednesday in a tennis exhibition in New York which, under the name “Tennis plays for peace”, raised funds to support Ukraine.

Besides the Spaniards, other players, like the Pole Each Swiatek (number one WTA), the young American Coco Gauffa legend like John McEnroeCanadian of Ecuadorian origin Leylah Fernandez or the greeks Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

During the first match of the afternoon, Nadal formed a pair of doubles with Swiatek in a match where they played against McEnroe and Gauff.

The good atmosphere, the usual jokes and jokes in this type of event were the protagonists of a game in which there was no lack of anger – feigned – at one point from McEnroe remembering those great fights with the referees which were recurring in his years as a professional.

For its part, Alcaraz partnered with American Frances Tiafoe in his duel against fellow Americans Tommy Paul and Taylor Fritz.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the US Open, which kicks off next week, joined forces at this charity event which took place at Louis Armstrong Stadium in New York coinciding with the celebration of Ukraine Independence Day.

The organizers noted that the money will be used to support the communities most affected by the war and areas where refugees have gathered.

Donations will continue throughout the US Open, which runs from August 29 to September 11, and the USTA’s goal is to reach $2 million.

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