Certain causes and advocacies are closer to the hearts of the tennis players. These players contributing to the fight against both global poverty are no exemption.
Because of the high prizes in tennis tournaments, some players went on to become some of the wealthiest athletes worldwide. And some of them eventually became the most generous, putting their money to good use including creating their own foundations.
We listed down the most charitable tennis players whose off-court endeavours include alleviating the conditions of the poorest people in the world.
1) Roger Federer
Federer started his foundation in 2003. Operating in Switzerland and South Africa, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, his foundation provides for the needs of impoverished children. In this way, they were given a chance to succeed in life by providing them access to quality education. In 2016, his foundation spent $6 million to improve struggling educational systems in Switzerland.
Aside from the academic goal, the foundation also promotes sports-related activities among children affected by poverty.
As of 2018, the foundation has already helped 1 million children.
2) Steffi Graf
Graf also has her own foundation called Children for Tomorrow, which she started in 1998. The foundation aims to provide treatments to children and adolescents victimized by war and other organized violence.
At present, the foundation has a presence in 17 countries; Eritrea and Uganda are included.
3) Rafael Nadal
Nadal started his own foundation in 2008 with the help of his mother, Ana Maria Parera.
His foundation caters to the socially disadvantaged children in Spain, integrating them into society and eliminating the threat of exclusion because of their status. The foundation also educates them through sport.
In 2018, the foundation was able to help more than 900 children. It also hosts various charity events every year since it was founded.
4) Andy Murray
Murray does not have his own foundation, but he was supporting different causes nevertheless.
His philanthropic works include giving donations to charities whose main goal is to help alleviate global poverty. Some of his chosen organizations are Comic Relief and Global Fund. He also provides for SportsAid and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Other than that, Murray was one of the founding members of Malaria No More (UK chapter).
5) Sloane Stephens
Stephens has a foundation named after her as well. The foundation develops sustainable enrichment programs intended for school-aged children living in Compton. The goal of these programs is to inspire children to “dream big.”
She also partners with Soles4Souls, an organization that targets to “Wear Out Poverty” in Nashville. It creates sustainable jobs as well as collects and distributes shoes and clothes throughout the world.
6) Novak Djokovic
Novak and his wife, Jelena, started his own foundation to address the social issues plaguing the youth in his home country, Serbia. Serbia is a war zone, and the conflicts are affecting the youth in several negative ways.
His foundation aims to ensure that children have access to early childhood education.
The foundation has already helped more than 20,000 children and almost a thousand families.