Wimbledon Updates | Swiatek organizes a charity event for Ukraine
The latest news from Wimbledon (all local times):
Poland’s top-ranked Iga Swiatek will host a charity tennis tournament next month to raise money for war-affected children and teens in Ukraine.
The event will take place in Krakow on July 23 and will include a mixed doubles exhibition match. Ukrainian football great Andriy Shevchenko will be a special guest.
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine will serve as referee for the event. They hope to sell at least 10,000 tickets.
Swiatek wore a pin in Ukrainian colors during his matches. More than 4 million refugees entered Poland after Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Poland offers them free shelter, social and medical care, education and job opportunities.
The All England Club has banned players from Russia and Belarus from competing at Wimbledon this year due to the war.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will play alongside Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the Laver Cup in London in September.
Murray will make his debut in the competition, which is played in a Europe vs. World format and does not award ATP ranking points.
This will be the fifth edition. It will be held at the O2 Arena from September 23-25. The European team is 4-0 so far.
Federer’s management company founded the competition.
Murray will play a second-round match at Wimbledon later Wednesday against John Isner of the United States.
The Scot said he “heard a lot of good things and I’m delighted to team up with Roger and Rafa for Team Europe”.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic is back on center court as the second round begins on day three at Wimbledon.
The six-time Wimbledon champion will face 79th-ranked Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in the day’s opener at the main stadium.
Then it’s home favorites, with 10th-seeded Emma Raducanu taking on France’s Caroline Garcia, followed by two-time champion Andy Murray against 6-foot-10 American John Isner.
French Open runner-up Casper Ruud is in action, as is 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz. Ons Jabeur, Maria Sakkari and Angelique Kerber all have matches in the women’s draw.
A light rain fell in the morning and most of the day is expected to be cloudy.
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