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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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10 Tennis Women’s Singles Players Ranked No. 1 in WTA History

Computer rankings, which dramatically changed the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), started on November 3, 1975. Here are the women who have held the most coveted ranking as WTA’s No. 1.

1) Steffi Graf

Graf holds the record for holding the No. 1 position for 377 weeks. She has been a top player for 186 consecutive weeks. Graf first appeared in the ranking on August 17, 1987.

2) Martina Navratilova

Navratilova came in second place with 332 weeks at No. 1 position with 156 consecutive weeks on it. She first appeared as the No. 1 singles tennis player on July 10, 1978.

3) Serena Williams

Williams holds the position for 319 weeks, tying with Graf for the number of consecutive weeks at No. 1 – 186. She appeared on the ranking on July 8, 2002. Five months earlier, on February 25, 2002, her older sister, Venus, also held the No. 1 position. Since Williams is still active, there’s a high chance she would beat both Navratilova and Graf’s records.

4) Chris Evert

Evert spent 260 weeks at the No. 1 position with 113 consecutive weeks at it. She was the first woman to receive the ranking. She and Navratilova dominated the No. 1 position in the next ten years (until 1985) simultaneously. The only two other names to appear as No. 1 players were Evonne Goolagong (1976) and Tracy Austin (1980).

5) Martina Hingis

Hingis held the No. 1 ranking for 260 weeks. She had it under her belt for 80 consecutive weeks, appearing on the list for the first time on March 31, 1997.

6) Monica Seles

Seles is another legend who was ranked No. 1 for a total of 178 weeks. Debuting on the list on March 11, 1991, she appeared at No. 1 for 91 consecutive weeks.

7) Justine Henin

Henin has her name on the No. 1 ranking for 117 weeks starting October 26, 2003 up to May 18, 2008. She ranked No. 1 for 61 consecutive weeks.

8) Lindsay Davenport

Davenport is the eighth with 98 weeks on No. 1 position. She first held the position on October 12, 1998, and sporadically appeared until January 13, 2002. The next two years have been bleak. She appeared three times again as the No. 1 player on October 18, 2004, August 29 and October 24, 2005.

9) Caroline Wozniacki

Wozniacki was ranked No. 1 for 71 weeks. She appeared at least three times since October 11, 2010. The longest she was on the top was 49 consecutive weeks from February 21, 2011 to January 29, 2012. She held the No. 1 position once more on January 29, 2018, for four weeks.

10) Simona Halep

Halep first appeared as the No. 1 woman tennis player on October 9, 2017. She appeared on the ranking for a total of 64 weeks. The longest was 48 consecutive weeks from February 26, 2018 to January 27, 2019, when Naomi Osaka took over the No. 1 position. After her first Wimbledon championship in 2019, Halep’s rankings and records would definitely increase in the coming seasons.


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Power to the Player: Tennis Players Who Challenged Calls More

Challenging a call is often a tough path to tackle. Good thing, there’s Hawk-Eye, the on-court computer replay system, to guide the umpire and linespeople to revert the call in their favour.

In an article published in the New York Times, a study suggests that tennis players should challenge “out” calls more than “in” calls because the probability of the officials erring an out than an in is high. 

Nonetheless, this should not count as bad refereeing. Instead, it has to do with the inherent bias of human perception of moving objects like the tennis balls.

Power to the tennis players

Based on statistics also, the lower-ranked tennis players who challenged a call are more often right compared with top players. 

This is empowering in the sense that the challenge rule gives the tennis players a voice and a chance to overturn the rule without resorting to violent reactions.

Before we proceed with the names of tennis players who challenged calls more, these are the things you need to know about challenging calls in tennis.

FAQs about the challenge system

What is a challenge in tennis?

Tennis has a challenge system wherein the player can disagree or question the call that the line judge made. 

How many challenges can a tennis player make?

Tennis players can use one challenge for each set. However, they are allowed up to three challenges per set regardless of the tournament especially when the challenges are unsuccessful. If the set had a tie-break, another challenge is provided to the players.

What happens when a tennis player challenged a call?

The player retains the same number of challenges if he or she is right. If the player is wrong, he or she will lose one challenge.

Best and worst challengers in tennis

In a 2009 study of the US Open, here are some of the best and worst challengers in tennis.

Men’s tennis

1) James Blake, 6 out of 11 right (55%)

2) Rafael Nadal, 4 out of 11 right (36%)

3) Novak Djokovic, 3 out of 10 right (30%)

4) Andy Murray, 5 out of 21 right (24%)

5) Roger Federer, 5 out of 28 right (18%)

Blake is the best challenger among the men’s tennis players who go 55% of his challenges right.

Federer is the worst challenger with only 18% of his challenges right and overturned to his side. On the side note, Federer never liked the challenge system especially the Hawk-Eye who he called “a menace” once.

Women’s tennis

1) Caroline Wozniacki, 4 out of 7 right (60%)

2) Elena Dementieva, 3 out of 5 right (60%)

3) Serena Williams, 2 out of 7 right (29%)

4) Jelena Jankovic, 6 out of 22 right (27%)

5) Sybille Bammer, 3 out of 12 right (25%)

Wozniacki and Dementieva are the best challengers in women’s tennis, who got their 60% of their challenges right.

Bammer is the worst challenger with only 25%.

Williams is not a good challenger but not a bad one either, with 29% of the calls she challenged was right.

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