WTA Elena Baltacha

Elena Baltacha

Charity

Elena Baltacha Foundation

Hometown

Kiev, Ukraine

Charity

Elena Baltacha Foundation

Hometown

Kiev, Ukraine

When former British Tennis No. 1 Elena Baltacha (known as Bally to friends and family) retired from tennis in 2012 after a great performance at the London Olympics, she set her sights on a new goal: to give more children the opportunity to play the sport she loved so much. Her passion and drive led her and her husband and coach Nino Severino to open the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis in Bally's hometown of Ipswich in Suffolk (UK). Tragically, Bally passed away from liver cancer in 2014. However, her legacy lives on through the Elena Baltacha Foundation (EBF), which was established to help continue and expand the work Bally began with the Ipswich Academy. Bally was a fighter both on and off the court, and it is this fighting spirit that has inspired EBF’s continued effort to give children from all backgrounds the opportunity to play tennis. The foundation’s “Join the Fight” campaign was launched in part to continue the fight against cancer through education and fundraising initiatives.