Tennis Uniting To Support Those Affected By Moroccan Earthquake, Libyan Floods
Tennis is uniting once more through Tennis Plays For Love to support those in need in North Africa.
Following devastating events earlier this month — an earthquake in Morocco and floods in Libya — tennis’ seven governing bodies (ATP, WTA, ITF and the four Grand Slam tournaments) are coming together to raise funds to provide emergency relief and long-term support for the affected families and communities.
Moroccan Hicham Arazi, the former World No. 22 and tournament director of the Grand Prix Hassan II, an ATP Tour event played in Marrakech, said: "The earthquake in Morocco has devastated communities and families throughout the Marrakech region, home of our ATP event. Many need our help. It is important to do our best to assist those in need. Funds raised will help provide food, clean water and necessary supplies to survivors, while also supporting longer-term relief and recovery. I thank in advance the tennis governing bodies, the players, my fellow former players, and our fans for doing their part and rally for those in need through Tennis Plays For Love.”
Another Moroccan, former World No. 14 Younes El Aynaoui, added: “The international solidarity has been amazing. But coming from the tennis family, having a thought for the Moroccan population, we are blessed, and we can’t thank you enough.”
WTA World No. 7 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia said: “My heart goes out to all those affected by the events which have devastated communities and families in the North African region. It is important to for us to help raise funds which will provide necessary supplies to survivors, while also helping support relief and recovery efforts longer-term. It’s great to see this initiative from the tennis governing bodies, and I encourage fans to rally for those in need through Tennis Plays For Love.”
A catastrophic earthquake impacted Morocco on 8 September, killing thousands and injuring many more. Thousands died in Libya when Storm Daniel made landfall, causing the collapse of two dams in Derna, which sent waves through the city.
Donations to this fundraiser through GlobalGiving will assist in meeting emergency needs in both regions as well as providing long-term support.