Tennis: Hingis and Navratilova help raise $25,000 for SportCares Foundation

WTA Finals tournament director Melissa Pine presenting S$25,000 to Sport Singapore chairman Richard Seow (fifth from right), along with Martina Hingis (fourth from left) and Martina Navratilova (third from right).
WTA Finals tournament director Melissa Pine presenting S$25,000 to Sport Singapore chairman Richard Seow (fifth from right), along with Martina Hingis (fourth from left) and Martina Navratilova (third from right). PHOTO: SPORTCARES FOUNDATION

SINGAPORE - Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis and retired tennis legend Martina Navratilova took part in a charity fundraiser on Tuesday (Oct 25) and raised $25,000 in support of the SportCares Foundation.

The pair, who are in town for the ongoing WTA Finals, were at the OCBC Arena practice courts playing with young tennis players and corporate donors, who each have pledged $5,000 to SportCares.

It is the philanthropic arm of SportSingapore and ActiveSG, the national movement for sport.

SportCares has been able to reach more than 12,000 children and youth from low-income families through its programmes, including its Love Singapore tennis programme for girls.

Richard Seow, chairman of SportSG, said: "Today's fundraiser showcases the potential for sport to bring together different aspects of our society,young players were given a golden opportunity to play with some of the finest tennis players the world has ever seen, thanks to the generosity of the WTA stars and the support of donors who believe in the power of sport to do social good."

Melissa Pine, vice-president of WTA Asia-Pacific and WTA Finals tournament director, added: "Our players are great role models and we are glad that they gave their time today to a cause that has such great synergy with the WTA.

"Tennis can bring so many benefits and we are glad to be part of such a meaningful endeavour through our work with SportCares."