World No. 1 Iga Swiatek hopes to use her star power at home in Poland for a good cause this July, organizing an exhibition event in Krakow to support Ukraine. Swiatek announced the event is in partnership with United 24, the Elina Svitolina Foundation, and UNICEF Poland. Proceeds from the event, for which tickets have already gone on sale, will benefit children and teens affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Iga Swiatek announces exhibition to support Ukraine featuring Agnieszka Radwanska, Elina Svitolina
The world No. 1 has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of the Ukrainian people, dedicating her Roland Garros victory to them earlier this month.
Published Jun 30, 2022
“For months I have been working with my team on a charity initiative for Ukraine to support those who suffer because of the war,” the two-time major champion wrote on Instagram. “Together with Agnieszka Radwanska, Elina Svitolina, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Martyn Pawelski, we will meet in Krakow on 23rd July during a special event. We will play a mixed doubles exhibition match.
“Additionally, Agnieszka and I will play one set of singles. Both matches will be umpired by Elina Svitolina. There will also be a special guest representing Ukraine—former football player Andriy Shevchenko.”
Swiatek, who is in the midst of a 36-match winning streak, has worn a blue and yellow ribbon during her matches since Ukraine was invaded at the end of February. The 21-year-old has repeatedly spoke out on behalf of the Ukrainian people on court and in press conferences, dedicating her second Roland Garros title to them.
"I for sure want to show my support to Ukrainian people," she said before the fortnight began in Paris, "as every Polish person is doing at home."