Tornado Alicia Black sees the light at the end of the tunnel again. The American player has managed to raise the $40,000 she needed to get hip surgery from a doctor from Philadelphia and pay for her rehab ($16,000+$24,000).
A former world no. 3 in the junior rankings in 2014, the 19-year-old has been working as a tennis coach to raise some money, but in September 2017, she created a GoFundMe page to held crowdfund her expenditure. 'I'm not the type of person that likes to ask people for money,' she had told New York Times. 'But I was getting so much support from friends and from people I didnt even know, and everyone kept telling me, "Set up the GoFundMe." I've been given so much support over the last couple of days.
It has really been amazing.' The page raised more than $13,000 in the first two days of the campaign, and after a month-and-a-half achieved her goal. Following the surgery she will need to go through rehab and so won't be able to give tennis lessons.
After that, she will have to start afresh to compete at professional level again. 'I would have to get my fitness back because I haven't really been able to do anything in the last few years,' she said. 'I'm not afraid of my game, coming back, because I've been playing my whole life.
I feel like if you're at a certain level, you don't really lose the tennis aspect of it.' ALSO READ: Federer, Nadal get dinner on the same table with Team Europe in Shanghai .