American teenager Coco Guaff, who turned 16 years old on Friday, has started a fundraiser supporting the UNICEF for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gauff posted an update on her Facebook page titled 'My Birthday Fundraiser: Help UNICEF Fight Coronavirus' On the page, Gauff says, "I know that right now, the coronavirus pandemic feels overwhelming, but there are ways we can help make a difference and keep communities around the world safe.
For my birthday, I’m fundraising to support UNICEF’s COVID-19 response.
UNICEF has been working closely with governments and partners in their global efforts, providing communication, supplies, healthcare, education and more. They’re on the front lines of this fight against the pandemic, and it would mean so much to me if you could donate."
Gauff has become one of the biggest stars in the women's game since her breakthrough run at Wimbledon last year. She is the youngest player to be ranked in the Top 100 of the WTA rankings and already owns 1 WTA singles and 2 WTA Tour doubles titles in her young career.
She also reached the fourth round at the Australian Open earlier this year in January. Due to the pandemic, all tennis events for the next few weeks have been canceled with no tennis action likely until the end of April at the earliest.
The tennis governing bodies have said they would review the situation in the coming weeks based on how the scenario unfolds. You can also support Gauff and her efforts by clicking on the link below.