Ukrainian Tennis Player Lesia Tsurenko’s Inspiring Journey to Help Her Homeland
Ukrainian player Lesia Tsurenko has been making headlines not only for her impressive performance at the French Open but also for her unwavering commitment to helping Ukraine. In an interview, Tsurenko revealed that she had thought of quitting tennis after Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022. However, instead of giving up on the sport she loves, she decided to use it as a way to raise funds and help those back home. “I want to earn as much as I can to donate as much as I can,” the 34-year-old said. “This is a bigger thing that I had in my mind when I decided that I will continue playing.” Tsurenko donated 10% of her Wimbledon prize money last year and wears a ribbon in Ukraine’s blue and yellow flag colors during every match. She credits former player Alex Dolgopolov with inspiring her decision to continue playing. “He [Dolgopolov] told me that we need money,” she said. “So, I continued playing because if we have more resources, then we could do more things for our country.” Despite facing some tough times on court, Tsurenko never forgets where she comes from or what motivates her. “When I have tough moments in my match, I remind myself that I’m from Ukraine – a part of the strongest nation,” she added. “I have to be proud – and I am proud.” Now facing defending champion and world number one player Inga Swiatek next at Roland Garros tournament, fans are eagerly anticipating what Tsurenko will achieve both on and off-court next.