Iga Swiatek will host charity tennis event for Ukrainian teenagers and children

Iga Swiatek will host charity tennis event for Ukrainian teenagers and children

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Top-ranked Iga Swiatek will host a charity tennis event next month in her home country of Poland to raise funds for children and teenagers impacted by the war in Ukraine.

The event in Krakow on July 23 will feature a mixed doubles exhibition match and Ukraine soccer great Andriy Shevchenko will be a special guest.

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Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates after beating Croatia's Jana Fett in a first round women's singles match on day two of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek celebrates after beating Croatia’s Jana Fett in a first round women’s singles match on day two of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

“I hope that we can see each other in large numbers in TAURON Arena Krakow and in front of the television to show the strength of sport when it unites us in helping and gives us at least a little joy,” Swiatek said Wednesday on her social media accounts.

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine will serve as umpire for the event. They hope to sell at least 10,000 tickets.

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Poland's Iga Swiatek sporting a Ukrainian colors ribbon on her hat waits to receive serve from Croatia's Jana Fett in a first round women's singles match on day two of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. 

Poland’s Iga Swiatek sporting a Ukrainian colors ribbon on her hat waits to receive serve from Croatia’s Jana Fett in a first round women’s singles match on day two of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.  (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

“Total proceeds from the event will be donated to the support of children and teenagers affected by the war in Ukraine,” Swiatek said.

The 21-year-old Swiatek has been wearing a pin with the Ukrainian colors during her matches. She has a second round match scheduled for Thursday at Wimbledon.

More than 4 million refugees crossed into Poland after Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Poland is providing them with free shelter, social and medical care, education and job opportunities.

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Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates after winning match point during her Women's Singles semifinals match against Nadia Podoroska of Argentina on day twelve of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 08, 2020 in Paris, France. 

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates after winning match point during her Women’s Singles semifinals match against Nadia Podoroska of Argentina on day twelve of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 08, 2020 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The All England Club banned players from Russia and Belarus from competing this year at Wimbledon because of the war.

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