Maria Sharapova Wimbledon 2015

‘Heartbroken and deeply saddened’ – Maria Sharapova latest star to donate to Ukrainian relief fund

Maria Sharapova has become the latest tennis star to make a donation to aid the Ukraine relief effort as she has donated to Save the Children’s relief fund.

Along with the rest of the world, tennis has taken a firm stance against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Belarussia’s back of Russia.

Amongst the measures taken, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) ruled that Russian and Belarussian players must compete as ‘neutral athletes’ and have rescinded all tournaments set to be held in Russia.

Moreover, the ITF, ATP and WTA, as well as all four Grand Slam organisers, have donated a combined total of $700,000 (£532,000) to Global Giving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund and the Ukrainian Tennis Federation.

On a more personal level, Sergiy Stakhovsky made the brave decision to join his nation’s military reserves and take up arms to defend his home country.

Similarly, women’s World number 18 Elina Svitolina and refugee and Lyon Open finalist Dayana Yastremska revealed they will donate their prize money to the Ukrainian war effort.

Meanwhile three-time Grand Slam ace Andy Murray joined them and will also donate all prize money earned in 2022 to UNICEF in order to provide medical supplies and education equipment to displaced children.

Now, Maria Sharapova has become the latest to add her name to the list as she announced she will make a donation to Save the Children’s crisis relief fund.

In an emotional Instagram post, Sharapova wrote “with each day that goes by, I am more and more heartbroken and deeply saddened by the images and stories of families and children affected by this escalating crisis in Ukraine.

“I am donating to Save the Children’s crisis relief fund, an organization working tirelessly to provide food, water, and aid kits to support those in need.

“Please join me in making a donation. I pray for PEACE and send my love and support to all those affected. Link in my bio to donate. 💔🕊 @SaveTheChildren.”

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