Here’s Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek interaction at peace exhibition match ahead of US Open

The Ukrainian national anthem was sung after the opening ceremony, which featured Stakhovsky, Savchuk, and host Patrick McEnroe.

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Starting the next week at the US Open is the penultimate Grand Slam event of 2022. The record-breaking prize money offered, and Serena Williams’ impending retirement, the American has the last chance to equal the record of the most Grand Slams in women’s singles history held by Margaret Court counting 24 majors.

Over the next two weeks, the US Open trophy will be on the line in a match between the top tennis players in the world. But on Wednesday night, they came together for a Tennis Plays For Peace exhibition to raise money for humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

With recently retired Ukrainian players Sergiy Stakhovsky and Olga Savchuk in attendance, Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff, John McEnroe, and many other famous tennis players thrilled a filled Louis Armstrong Stadium for two hours of tennis to benefit those suffering in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian national anthem was sung after the opening ceremony, which featured Stakhovsky, Savchuk, and host Patrick McEnroe. Then, Nadal and Swiatek took the court for a mixed doubles match against Gauff and McEnroe.