Participating in the event held in New York. Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda and Ben Shelton.

Nadal and Swiatek took on McEnroe and Gauff in one of the highlights of the night.

Women’s world number one Swiatek said: “For me, especially because Ukraine is right next to my country and because we Poles are really united and helping, and I want to take every opportunity to show people people that we can all be united.”

American star Coco Gauff added: “For me speaking is something I always cherish. I’ve always said you can change the world with your racquet.

“So to be here today on Armstrong and playing for such an amazing cause is something I won’t take for granted, and I’m grateful to be among the legends of the sport.”

Ukrainian players Dayana Yastremska, Katarina Zavatska and Daria Snigur – as well as former players Sergiy Stakhovsky and Olga Savchuk – were also at Louis Armstrong Stadium, while 12-year-old Ustyn Chornyy of the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York sang the Ukrainian national anthem.

Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina in

The USTA said all ticket proceeds from the event went to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, which supports humanitarian relief in affected communities in Ukraine and surrounding areas where Ukrainian refugees fled.

Several hours before the event, the USTA announced that Victoria Azarenka of Belarus would not be participating, stating: “For the past 24 hours, after careful consideration and dialogue with all parties involved, Victoria Azarenka will not be participating in our ‘Tennis Plays for Peace Exhibition’ tonight.

“Vika is a solid player and we appreciate her willingness to participate. Given the sensitivities of the Ukrainian players and the ongoing conflict, we believe this is the right course of action for us.”

The event comes after Ukraine’s Ministry of Youth and Sports announced in a statement on Tuesday that 133 Ukrainian athletes and coaches have died so far during the six-month Russian invasion of the country.

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