World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki came to Minsk to play a charity exhibition match with good friend Victoria Azarenka on November 19. Thanks to Caroline’s Twitter updates we learned that upon her arrival to Belarus she had dinner with Victoria and her mother on Thursday evening and then in the morning the tennis stars had an emotional experience in the hospital for children with cancer. They were both touched by the kids and their warmth and Victoria said how she almost cried.
Afterwards, they had lunch with the Belarusian president. Finally, later on Friday they played the charity tennis match and it was a successful event – many people came to support the cause and a lot of money was raised for the kids (i.e. for the Republican Scientific Practical Center of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Baraulyany). I still have no info as to who won, but that is not even important. What’s significant are the experiences of the players and the positive results their engagement brought.
Here are Victoria’s words: “Mind-blowing experience. Caroline was amazing and again I can’t thank her enough.”
And Caroline said: “Amazing experience today playing with Victoria! Can’t describe how good that felt!” (photos: © Neal Trousdale)