The New York event took part: Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek, John McEnroe, Coco Gauff, Carlos Alcaraz, Leylah Fernandez, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jessica Pegula, Matteo Berrettini, Maria Sakkari, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda and Ben Shelton.
Nadal and Swiatek took on McEnroe and Gauff in one of the highlights of the evening.
Women’s World No. 1 Swiatek said: “For me, especially because Ukraine is right next to my country and because we as Poland are really united and helping, and I want to take every opportunity to show people that we can all be united.”
American star Coco Gauff added: “For me it’s something I always cherish to speak out. I’ve always said you can change the world with your racket.
“So to be here at Armstrong today and play for such a great cause is something I won’t take for granted, and I’m grateful to be able to do it among the legends of the sport.”
Ukrainian players Dayana Yastremska, Katarina Zavatska and Daria Snigur — as well as former players Sergiy Stakhovsky and Olga Savchuk — were also at Louis Armstrong Stadium, while 12-year-old Ustyn Chornyy, of the Ukrainian choir Dumka of New York, sang the Ukrainian anthem.
The USTA said all ticket revenue from the event went to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, which supports humanitarian aid in affected communities in Ukraine and the surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled.
Hours before the event, the USTA announced that Victoria Azarenka from Belarus would not participate, saying: “In the past 24 hours, after careful consideration and dialogue with all parties involved, Victoria Azarenka will not participate in our ‘Tennis Plays for Peace Exhibition’ this evening.
“Vika is a strong player leader and we appreciate her willingness to participate. Given the sensitivities to Ukrainian players and the ongoing conflict, we think this is the right course of action for us.”