Victoria Azarenka Joins Daniil Medvedev, Simona Halep and Others to Help Tennis Coach Battle Cancer

Published 12/13/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka reacts during her first round match against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Victoria Azarenka has joined and responded to a large-scale auction for a noble purpose. Started by French coach Gilles Cervara, many players from both the WTA and the ATP are auctioning off their rackets.


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The money collected from the same would go to help Croatian tennis coach Kristijan Schneider. The Croatian is suffering from intestinal cancer, and the whole tennis community has come together to help him through this ordeal.

Victoria Azarenka urges fans to participate in the racket auctions


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Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Victoria Azarenka (BLR) hits a shot against Petra Kvitova (CZE) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Through a post on her Instagram page, Victoria Azarenka has responded to Cervara’s request to big tennis stars for their help. Furthermore, she also tagged other members of the sport like Simona Halep and Andrey Rublev on the post.

Cervara, who is the coach to World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, posted on Instagram to request many tennis stars to participate in the racket auctions. He posted an image with each player to personally ask them for their help. In the end, he tagged Victoria Azarenka on the image of a racket.


Not only racket auctions, but Cervara also began a fundraiser for Schneider earlier this year too. Titled “Kiki, Coz I Care”, the fundraiser has garnered international attention.


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The Croatian is undergoing chemotherapy, and every player in the tennis world who knows Schneider is helping.

Schneider formerly coached Borna Coric

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 05: Borna Coric of Croatia looks dejected during his match against Daniel Evans of Great Britain during day five of the ATP 250 Murray River Open at Melbourne Park on February 05, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Borna Coric, former World No. 12 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, had Kristijan Schneider as his coach before the latter was diagnosed with cancer. The two had been producing strong results together and things looked set for Coric to crack into the top 10 of the ATP rankings.



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It is quite sad that the Croatian coach is now suffering from such a terrible ailment. However, what is heartwarming is the way the tennis community has come together to help him.

Undoubtedly, Victoria Azarenka using her platform to amplify the call to help Schneider will go a very long way in helping him.


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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.