Belarusian Max Mirnyi, poularly known as 'The Beast' on the tennis circuit, showed his softer side when has been named a UNICEF National Ambassador for Belarus, in recognition of his commitment to the rights of children around the world and long-term collaboration with UNICEF Belarus CO.
Mirnyi has won eight Grand Slam titles, winning the men's doubles trophies at the US Open in 2000 and 2002 and at Roland Garros in 2005-2006, and capturing the mixed doubles crowns at the US Open in 1998 and 2007 and at Wimbledon in 1998.
The 34-year-old Mirnyi has supported UNICEF activities in Belarus since 2004, when he assisted with fundraising events for the most vulnerable children and children suffering from cancer. Thereafter, he regularly participated in UNICEF campaigns, promoting healthy life style, legal education for children and early childhood development approaches.
“UNICEF Belarus has been cooperating with Max Mirnyi for several years. He has always demonstrated genuine commitment to building a better world for children and set a personal example of what is to be a good son and father.
Thus, appointment of Max Mirnyi as UNICEF National Ambassador is a logical step forward in the UNICEF-Mirnyi friendship and will strengthen our work for the sake of Belarus children,” said Mr. Oksamitniy, UNICEF Belarus Representative.
Mirnyi said, “Undoubtedly it is a significant landmark in my life and I treat it with great responsibility. I have excellent relations with my Dad and I myself am a father of three kids. That is why I have an acute sentience to children’s needs all over the world and particularly in Belarus.
I wish every child had a harmonious life and had possibilities for the fullest development. In the role of UNICEF Ambassador, I will do my utmost to turn it into a reality and make children’s lives as happy as possible.” Mirnyi is in London currently for the ATP World Tour Finals where the top 8 doubles team will battle it for the year-ending Championships.
He is playing with Daniel Nestor in the event. .