A group of tennis stars led by Coco Gauff and Caroline Wozniacki banded together in south Florida to participate in the Fore Love charity event, which raised $1.2 million. Organized to help raise funds for Bob and Mike Bryan’s chosen charity organizations, Fore Love 2019 actually comprised a golf pro-am for Monday and a tennis pro-am on Tuesday.
The event, hosted by the Bryans, will transmit its proceeds to Bryan Bros. Foundation and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. Held in South Florida, the two-day event also saw the attendance and participation of other tennis figures like Reilly Opelka, Stefan Kozlov, Monica Puig, and Tommy Paul. Former world no. 1 Jim Courier was also there.
It is the third year that the Bryan brothers are organizing the event. They first thought of the charity tournament after meeting up with Jack and Barbara Nicklaus in 2010. Due to their shared passion for philanthropy, they were able to raise as much as $3.4 million since 2017.
Wozniacki and Gauff’s other previous charity efforts
Wozniacki is no stranger to charity work. In 2017, the Danish player took a break from the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open to work with WTA Charities in the city. She partnered with Food Angel, a food rescue and food assistance organization that distributes hot meals to the homeless and underprivileged communities.
Gauff also announced that she will be participating in a December 14 tennis exhibition with Kevin Anderson and the Bryan Brothers in Boca Raton, Florida. This will be held to benefit First Serve, Ocean Conservancy, and Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue.
Gauff, Wozniacki in the 2019 tennis season
Gauff became a media star in 2019 after she defeated Venus Williams in Wimbledon. She followed that up with a stellar performance in the U.S. Open in August, where she had to bow down to defending champ Naomi Osaka.
Wozniacki, on the other hand, only played 35 matches. This could be attributed to the fact that she is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Her best performance of the 2019 tennis calendar was in the Charleston Open, where she reached the final match with Madison Keys.
Gauff, Wozniacki’s odds to win the Australian Open
By the time the Australia Open rolls around next month, Gauff and Wozniacki will be in the opposite sides of the professional spectrum. The 15-year old American player is entering Melbourne Park for the first time in her career. Meanwhile, the 29-year old Danish star has announced that she will retire right after the tournament.
Right now, Serena Williams is still the top favorite to win 2020’s first Grand Slam. Gauff, meanwhile, has a 34.00 chance to win the tournament. Wozniacki is quoted at 34..
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Cori Gauff’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.68 (career-high), the American played her last match on the 16th of October when she was defeated by Anna Blinkova 6-4 6-0 in the 1st round in Luxembourg.
This year the American has a 18-8 win-loss record. Cori clinched 1 title in Linz. Gauff won her maiden career title in in Linz.
Caroline Wozniacki’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.37, Wozniacki played her last match on the 5th of October when she lost to Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-2 in the semifinal in Beijing.
Caroline Wozniacki’s best performance of this year was getting to the final in Charleston.
Cori Gauff and Caroline Wozniacki have never played each other.