Bouchard, Azarenka & Fernandez Among Stars In Pro-Am Fundraising Event

Bouchard, Azarenka & Fernandez Among Stars In Pro-Am Fundraising Event

by Nurein Ahmed

Most established tennis stars have always sought to harness their reputations not solely with their rackets but through humanitarian efforts.

These players have used their platforms and financial resources to aid the underprivileged to access quality education, improved healthcare, and a better life. In hindsight, they always look for avenues to give back to society because of their vast riches.

One way that happens is through establishing not-for-profit foundations and leveraging their star power to organize exhibition events. The most iconic and proficient doubles team in tennis history, comprised of the two twin brothers, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, managed such a cause.

The Bryan brothers partnered with Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation (NCHF), co-founded by former golf great Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara. The NCHF is a charitable organization that gives children and families access to world-class pediatric health care.

"Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation is proud to partner with the Bryan Bros. Foundation for this one-of-a-kind experience. For a $50,000 donation, guests will compete in a tennis and golf tournament while being paired with top-ranked professionals from each sport."

Statement from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation

The joint venture is one of three events in which Jack Nicklaus carries philanthropic work. With the help of the Bryans, a tennis event was organized between December 3 and 4, where amateur junior players played and bonded with top-ranked tennis professionals.

Some of the invited stars in professional tennis included Kevin Anderson, J.J. Wolf, Reilly Opelka, two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, Canadian Billie Jean King Cup champions Leylah Fernandez and Eugenie Bouchard, and the fit-again Ajla Tomljanovic.

The event - called the Fore Love Tournament - saw guests, junior players, and the pros share the stage on a grass court. Sunday culminated with a dinner where Bob and Mike Bryan gave speeches with particular emphasis on the importance of improving people's lives.


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