Tennis legend Hingis, current stars Stephens, Jabeur head to SA to raise anti-GBV awareness

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Martina Hingis. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Martina Hingis. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Five-time grand slam champion Martina Hingis, 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens and 2022 Wimbledon and US Open women's runner-up Ons Jabeur are among the star names headed to South Africa to feature in a tournament aimed at raising anti-Gender Based Violence (GBV) awareness.

The tennis stars, including South African fledgling talents Khololwam Motsi and Isabella Kruger, will play in a tournament dubbed Africa Cares Tennis Challenge in Soweto this Saturday, which is aimed at promoting an international awareness-raising campaign for "No Violence Against Women and Children".

Also featuring will be German-Jamaican tennis player Dustin Brown, famous for ousting Rafa Nadal during the second round of Wimbledon in 2015.

Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The event, held at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre over two days this weekend, will also have former World No 1 Karolína Plíšková, and 22-year-old Brit Francesca Jones.

Tunisian Jabeur almost became the first African woman to win a major title in the grand slam era when she made the Wimbledon final, where she lost to Elena Rybakina in three sets.

Jabeur then lost to current women’s World No 1 Iga Swiatek in the US Open final.

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