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3 Tennis Legends and Their Charitable Endeavours

Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.

This rings true for these tennis legends: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and of course, Novak Djokovic. All of them exemplify how a true legend should continue to positively affect the people especially their home country.

They earn millions of dollars and put them to good use through different charitable undertakings.

Bottom-line, the three tennis legends have contributed significantly to various causes.

1) Roger Federer

Federer has his own foundation named after him. The Roger Federer Foundation provides for children’s education, particularly those in Switzerland and across Africa. The foundation wants every child to be educated regardless of their social status or financial background.

Federer started his foundation back in 2003 when he was just 22 years old. As of 2017, the foundation has already spent €26 million ($28.8 million) in financial aid. 

Throughout the years, Federer has also formed partnerships to raise funds for the activities of his foundation. He already worked with Nadal, John Isner, and even Bill Gates.

2) Rafael Nadal

Same with Federer, Nadal also has his own foundation called Rafa Nadal Foundation (Fundación Rafa Nadal). The foundation also targets children, assisting and helping them achieve their dreams regardless of their financial capacities. It also aims to free them from social stigma.

Rafa Nadal Foundation has already established 21 centres across Spain and India. It has more than 900 direct beneficiaries and over 5,000 children taken care of. 

3) Novak Djokovic

Like Federer and Nadal, the world’s current No. 1 also has his own foundation known as Novak Djokovic Foundation (NDF). His foundation, which he co-founded with his wife Jelena, aims to uphold equality for children in Serbia.

His foundation has already built 43 schools to date and supported almost 20,800 children and a thousand families. 

Focusing on Novak

Novak has earned millions of dollars from playing tennis; he earned more money compared with other players. He is currently one of the highest-paid male tennis players with more than $134 million prize earnings. In 2019 alone, Novak made $9.1 million in prize earnings.

Further along, Novak earns more through endorsements of well-known brands. His endorsement earnings in 2019 are estimated at $40 million.

He may live the most luxurious lifestyle with homes in Monte Carlo as well as Miami and New York, travelling in style, and high-end cars, but he is very active in charitable works.

It was clear for Novak and Jelena that they wanted to improve early-childhood education in his native home, Serbia. They want to ensure that the children are getting high-quality preschool education. 

In an open letter, he mentioned, “I grew up in a country historically torn by different conflicts, but nevertheless, a country where children still dream big. Let us believe in their dreams.”

Nonetheless, they also provide for various causes more so when it involves his beloved people.

In 2014, Novak donated $750,000, his Italian Open prize earnings, to relief operations for the victims of flood in Serbia. In 2018 Season of Giving campaign, the foundation matched a $100,000 donation.

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6 Tennis Players Fighting Global Poverty

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.

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5 Tennis Players Who Started Their Own Foundation

If all people would take a cue from these tennis players in doing their share serving others, then the world would be a much better place.

Then there are those tennis players who go the extra mile by starting their own foundation that they fund through prize earnings, endorsement earnings, and collaborations with other individuals or organizations who are equally charitable as them.

To start with, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have foundations they started early in their professional tennis career. Steffi Graf also started her own foundation called Children for Tomorrow.

But here are other tennis players who followed suit.

1) Andre Agassi

Agassi’s foundation, which was named after him, has one mission: transform the public education system in the US. It aims to influence state and federal policies. Its tagline is “With Education, There is Hope.”

His foundation firmly believes that key stakeholders – from the parents down to educators themselves – must be proactive in introducing changes on how the kids are educated. This is more so that each child has the “right to thrive.”

2) Serena Williams

Williams set up her own foundation, Serena Williams Foundation, which has two primary objectives. First is to assist youth who are victims of violent crimes and second is to assist underprivileged youth who have no access to education. 

With this, the foundation targets providing high-quality education to these youth through scholarships. Scholars can either attend college, learn a trade, and become an entrepreneur. The biggest accomplishment of the foundation so far is the Serena Williams Secondary School. 

Williams strongly believes that education plays a critical role in the overall development of a child. Education is also vital in solving problems faced by impoverished African families. Thus, her foundation strives to provide children with free education. 

3) Sloane Stephens

One of the most recent foundations in this list is that of Sloane Stephens Foundation, which was started in 2016. Stephens started her own organization when she was resting due to a stress fracture for 11 months. 

Her foundation aims to develop sustainable enrichment programs intended for underprivileged children who otherwise have a big dream for themselves and their families.

4) Bryan Brothers

Mike and Bob Bryan created their Bryan Bros Foundation to help at-risk children across the US. They provide financial assistance to charities and organizations including City Impact and Red Cross Ventura County. Their biggest donation to date is $713,397.

The brothers believe in the values that the sports impart to children. As such, the foundation hosts charity matches where they invite professional tennis players including Maria Sharapova, Andre Agassi, John Isner, Andy Roddick, and more.

5) Milos Raonic

Raonic started his foundation in 2011 when he was recovering from injury. He was exposed to the struggles of children with physical disabilities.

As such, he aimed at supporting the youth from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their goals by eliminating physical as well as economic barriers to achieving their dreams. 

In 2016, the foundation gave a grant amounting to $30,000 to the Canadian Paralympic Committee. His foundation continuously hosted an event called Raonic Race for Kids. in 2014 alone, the event which contributes to assisting children with disabilities was able to raise $129,000.

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