Patrick Mouratoglou and his academy raise 500,000 euros to help young players

The gala organized on Sunday by Patrick Mouratoglou, in his academy in Sophia-Antipolis, raised 500,000 euros for the Champ’seed foundation, which aims to help promising young tennis players who do not have the financial resources to break through alone at the highest level.

In addition to the current coach of Simona Halep and ex-coach of Serena Williams, as well as 250 guests, were present Francis Ngannou, reigning UFC heavyweight champion, comedian Gad Elmaleh, actor Boris Kodjoe, footballer Adil Rami, American basketball player Lisa Leslie, kickboxing world champion Cyril Benzaquen and former French player Mary Pierce, two-time Grand Slam winner.

Tsitsipas, Gauff and Rune among former beneficiaries

Since its inauguration in 2014, the Champ’seed foundation has already registered nearly 4 million euros. Among its former beneficiaries of world number 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas are Roland-Garros runner-up Coco Gauff and Danish prodigy Holger Rune.

She will now support young talents like the Czech sisters Linda and Brenda Fruhvirtova (2005 and 2007, best players in their age category), the Russian nugget Ksenia Efremova (2009), the Slovenian Svit Suljic (2009, Orange Bowl U12 winner in 2021), the Dutchman Thijs Boogaard (2008, winner of the Petits AS in 2022) or the American Clervie Ngounoue (2006).

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