Elena Rybakina is giving back to Kazakhstan by awarding financial aid to the country’s promising women’s tennis players.
As Qaz Monitor reports, the reigning Wimbledon champion Rybakina has donated 35 million KZT, which is approx. 77,000 USD, to rising women’s tennis players from Kazakhstan. Fourteen girls received about 5,500 USD each.
The 22-year-old Rybakina, who has recently triumphed at the BNP Paribas Open and won 1,262,220 USD in prize money, is happy to be giving back and supporting the development of tennis in her adopted home country:
I think it would be the right thing to organize a tournament or to establish grants for junior players because I myself got a lot of support in Kazakhstan. Now, it’s my turn to help the younger generation grow.
The Russian-born Rybakina started representing Kazakhstan in 2018, upon accepting the offer of the country’s tennis federation to financially support her career. Just four years later, Rybakina became Kazakhstan’s first Grand Slam champion and she continues to improve the country’s position on the world’s tennis map. (photo: Jimmie48)