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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 endeavor to the poor

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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10 Tennis Women’s Singles Players Ranked #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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