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Unprecedented gesture from a tennis champion
In an extraordinary move, Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina made history by donating the entire prize money to help children in her homeland. This follows her recent win at the Internationaux de Strasbourg against Russia’s Anna Blinkova.
Svitolina is no stranger to struggles, both on and off court. She recently became a mother after giving birth to her daughter Skai with French player Gael Monfils. Furthermore, she had taken a break earlier this year due to mental health concerns caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Despite all these challenges, Svitolina showed remarkable resilience and proved that nothing could dampen her spirit of generosity towards her home country.
A victory for Ukraine’s children
The prize money donated by Svitolina will benefit many kids who are struggling in Ukraine during these tough times. Her decision has not only set a precedent but also highlighted the power of sportspersons as role models beyond their field of play.
Making headlines for all the right reasons
Svitolina’s selfless act has captured global attention and rightly so; it is not every day that we see sports personalities go out of their way like this. The world needs more people like Svitolina – champions who use their platform for good.
Looking ahead: A timely boost before Roland Garros
This victory comes at an opportune moment before one of tennis’ most prestigious events- Roland Garros (French Open). It will undoubtedly give Svitolina a much-needed confidence boost going into this Grand Slam event where she will use her protected ranking and face Italian Martina Trevisan in the opening round.
It is worth noting that Svitolina has never gone past the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, but this time her fans are optimistic that she will have a better run.
The end of war: Together we can
Svitolina used her victory speech as an opportunity to call for peace in Ukraine and thank France for welcoming Ukrainians with open arms. “Thank you so much for everything that you do for us, and together, we’re going to see the light and end this war”, said Svitolina.
If there’s one thing everyone should take from Svitolina’s gesture, it’s that even small acts of kindness can go a long way towards making positive change. And who knows? Maybe more athletes will follow suit and make headlines for all the right reasons!