“Every Ace I Hit…”: Reilly Opelka Undertakes a Great Initiative at Miami Open 2021

Published 03/22/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – St Petersburg Open – St Petersburg, Russia – October 15, 2020 Reilly Opelka of the U.S. in action during his second round match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


Big-serving American tennis star Reilly Opelka has opened up on his noble initiative to support a foundation that works for people battling spinal cord injuries.

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The 6’11” giant took to his Twitter handle to share details of his new initiative.

Reilly Opelka will donate $100 for every ace he hits at Miami Open 2021

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Opelka will donate $100 for every ace he hits in the upcoming Miami Open to Wings for Life, a charity that holds global marathons to raise money for spinal cord injury research. He said the charity will pass 1oo% of the proceeds on to the research initiative.

“I will be donating $100 for every ace I hit during the Miami Open to @WFLWorldRun, a great foundation where 100% of proceeds go to spinal chord injury research,” the 23-year-old American wrote.

He also shared a link, urging his fans and followers to donate handsomely to the cause.

Known to fire three-times more aces than any other player on the men’s circuit, the 41st-ranked will fancy raising a significant amount of money for the cause during the tournament.

Expect a shower of aces

Last season, Opelka ranked inside the Top-10 in the list of players who had sent down the most aces.

Using his height and his long levers to good effect, the American is known to unleash rockets off his handle and down the middle, giving his opponents little time to react, much less respond.

Opelka lost to countrymate Taylor Fritz in a nerve-jangling second-round five-setter at this year’s Australian Open.

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In a see-saw encounter that had the Melbourne crowd on the edge of their seats, the 23-year-old won two sets and dropped another two, losing tie-breaks, before Fritz edged him out in the decider.

He followed up his Australian Open exit with an opening-round loss to Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, with all sets going into tie-breaks.

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After another first-round loss to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in ATP Doha, Opelka went down in his tournament opener in Dubai to veteran Japanese star Kei Nishikori.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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