Chris Evert, winner of 36 major singles titles, including four U.S. Opens, will donate the $50,000 prize money from her doubles match Wednesday at Wimbledon to the Mental Health Movement.
The 62-year-old Evert is the first reigning singles champion to donate prize money to this initiative. In December 2014, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka also donated prize money to mental health research.
“It is very important for me to support the World Mental Health Day and the campaign ‘Be The Change,’ ” Evert said in a statement. “With this information, we know where we can apply our efforts to most effectively help those who are suffering from mental illness. By raising awareness of mental health issues, we can drive action by raising funds for valuable research and treatment initiatives that will help make our communities and world a more understanding place.”
Evert, a mental health advocate, has been involved with the initiative since March 2016, initially lending her voice to the tagline of the initiative, Be The Change, and then becoming an ambassador. Last year, Evert spoke about her own depression and life experience in an article for the New York Times and has shared her story with fans through social media.
You can learn more about Evert’s involvement in the mental health campaign here.