The USTA and Mercedes-Benz USA, the official vehicle partner of the US Open, have come together to work on a philanthropic initiative called Mercedes-Benz Ace the US Open, according to the US Open website. For every ace served during the men's and women's singles matches at the 2020 US Open Grand Slam event, Mercedes-Benz will donate $50 to the United States Tennis Association's "Rally to Rebuild" initiative.
The donations will support the USTA Foundation’s National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network, which provides tennis and educational opportunities to more than 160,000 youth every year. Funds raised through this program will be equally distributed to three National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters supported by the USTA Foundation: the Sloane Stephens Foundation chapter, a local Atlanta NJTL chapter, and an NJTL chapter in the Northeast.
Sloane Stephens excited to be part of Mercedes-Benz Ace the US Open initiative
Speaking to People magazine, former US Open champion Sloane Stephens says she is very excited to be part of the initiative this year and wants to help give back to the community.
"I think it's a really cool opportunity since the U.S. Open is very different this year. This is something that we can all get behind and it's for a good cause. And it's something we're all super passionate about — helping junior tennis and NJTL chapters and with the USTA.
I'm super excited to be a part of it." Mercedes-Benz is a German automotive company and is known for producing luxury vehicles and commercial vehicles. The US Open Grand Slam event is the first slam on the tennis calendar since the global pandemic shut down the tennis circuit in March.
It is scheduled to begin on August 31st in New York. This year, the tournament will be held without any fans in the stadium due to the pandemic. 27 year old Sloane Stephens peaked at No. 3 in the rankings in 2018. She won the 2017 US Open champion - her only Grand Slam title so far, and has won six WTA singles titles in total.
She is currently ranked No. 37 in the world and was also part of the American team that won the Fed Cup tournament in 2017. At the other majors, she has reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open in 2013, the finals of the French Open in 2018 and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2013 as well.