Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek teamed up to face Coco Gauff and John McEnroe in Tennis Plays for Peace exhibition match.
The Ukraine charity event was organised by United States Tennis Association (USTA) to raise awareness and humanitarian aid for people affected by the Russia-Ukraine war.
Each player showed flashes of the athletic brilliance that propelled them to the top of the sport, but also made sure to entertain with trick shots and – in McEnroe’s case – jokes.
In the end, Rafa and Iga won a tiebreak, 10-8 – then embraced their opponents and spoke during a post-match interview, where Iga discussed how the situation in neighboring Ukraine is close to her heart.
Many other players also gathered Wednesday night under the lights of Louis Armstrong Stadium to play for peace – Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, Carlos Alcaraz, Jessica Pegula, Maria Sakkari, Leylah Fernandez, Dayana Yastremska, Katarina Zavatska and Daria Snigur.
Source: US Open