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Part of Ukraine-US Ticket Revenue in Billie Jean King Cup Will go to Relief Fund

Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, returns a shot against Harriet Dart, of Britain, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Friday, March 11, 2022, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, returns a shot against Harriet Dart, of Britain, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Friday, March 11, 2022, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A portion of ticket revenue from the Billie Jean King Cup matches between Ukraine and the United States next month will go to a relief fund to help those affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

A portion of ticket revenue from the Billie Jean King Cup matches between Ukraine and the United States next month will go to a relief fund to help those affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced on Friday that it will donate 10% of ticket revenue, and local sponsors will also make contributions.

The best-of-five-match series will be held during the 15th and 16th of April on an indoor hard court in Asheville, North Carolina. The winning country will advance to the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

The U.S. roster includes 2022 Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins, 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, Top 20 player Jessica Pegula, Shelby Rogers and Desirae Krawczyk.

Ukraine’s players are Elina Svitolina — a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist who has been ranked as high as No. 3 — Marta Kostyuk, Katarina Zavatska, Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok.

Stacey Allaster, the USTA’s chief executive for professional tennis, said the event will be used “to continue advocating for peace, along with providing aid and support for the people of Ukraine.”

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first published:March 18, 2022, 21:29 IST