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Mattek-Sands' passion for the USA and tennis has been the common bond to help make a difference in the lives of the families affected by the Nashville flooding: “Nashville is where it all started for me in my tennis career,” she said. “The game of tennis has given me so much and I am grateful I have the opportunity to help those in need. I really hope I can make a difference in Nashville to those that have suffered in the last few months.”
In addition to the financial donation Mattek-Sands has pledged, she also plans on visiting Nashville in July and donating time to a hands-on Nashville project.
Brisbane Flood Relief
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who won the Hopman Cup for America in Perth last week has pledged to give 5% of her prize money from the Morilla Hobart International (January 9-15) and the Australian Open to the Flood Appeal.
She is unseeded in the singles at Hobart, but is Number One seed in the doubles. Last year she donated a portion of her WTA prize money to the victims of the Nashville flooding.
Mattek-Sands said on the WTA website “Australia has always been one of my favourite places to visit. I have always been received very kindly. Just like the flood disaster in America there are a lot of people who have lost everything they owned, and it is going to be a long road to some sense of normality.
I want to continue, by way of an international platform as a WTA player, to help those who are in need, no matter if they are right next door or across the ocean.”