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Ukrainian tennis Star Elina Svitolina on a ‘mission’ to help war-torn country

Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina disclosed that she has a “mission” to help her country and wants to use her platform to provide hope to the war-torn nation.

Elina Svitolina has taken a vacation from tennis to concentrate on raising money and bringing attention to her country’s suffering. She is in constant contact with her family and friends back in Ukraine.

“It’s extremely tough because they [her family] tell their stories,” Svitolina told CNN Sport.

 

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“I speak with my grandmother every day to know how she feels. It’s quite tough for her because for elderly people it’s most important to have a routine and, right now, there is lots of bombing and shooting going on in Odessa, in my hometown.” 

“It is important to stay in touch everyday with her to support her in any way that I can.” 

Elina hails from Odessa, port city with strategic importance that has been under Russian blockade ever since the invasion.

She then moved to Kharkiv when she was 12 years old and disclosed that she felt helpless when watching the fierce fighting which has continued to rock the eastern city.

At 16 year old Elina left Ukraine to pursue her sporting ambitions but always had her country in her heart. She’s proud of her roots and smiles when recalling moments from her childhood that helped form such a strong bond with Ukraine.

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She’s now channeled that love into her own foundation — which encourages children to learn life lessons through tennis — and that of UNITED24, an organization set up by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with the aim of raising funds for medical supplies, defense and eventually the rebuilding of the country’s infrastructure.

Elina has recently been appointed ambassador, and gave her the responsibility of bringing the sporting community together and upholding awareness.

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