Elena Rybakina: Champion not only on the court but also in animal welfare

Friday, 14 June 2024 at 14:30
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Wimbledon's social media accounts shared a story about 'dog-lover' Elena Rybakina. They highlighted her significant contributions to animal charities and the story of her dog, named in honour of her first Grand Slam title.
The Kazakh player claimed the title at the All England Club in 2022 after defeating Ons Jabeur in the final, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Rybakina is preparing to start her grass swing in a week's time at the WTA 500 Ladies Open in Berlin.

 Rybakina's heartfelt contributions to animal welfare

After her first Grand Slam title at SW19, the world No. 4 made a definitive leap into the elite of the Tour. Elena Rybakina has since become one of the top contenders in every tournament she participates in, maintaining a high ranking two years on.
Wimbledon's official social media channels shared the story of Rybakina's dog, who was named 'Champion' in honour of her Wimbledon title in 2022. Before winning the trophy, the player already had a Beagle named Mulia, but upon her return to Kazakhstan, she was introduced to a sleepy puppy, which she then named after her most important trophy.
According to the post, Rybakina considers herself a 'dog-lover'. Hence, she has made various charitable gestures and donations to animal foundations. In 2023, she donated money for 10 tonnes of food that served 3,500 dogs and 100 cats.
"Volunteers at the shelter described her as 'the most celebrated tennis player of our century and a talented girl with a big heart'," the video added regarding the 2022 Wimbledon champion.

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