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Sep 7th, 2017 02:06 PM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

After a couple of days, she has raised just over $11,000.

Every $10 donation helps, as the words spread hopefully her goal of $40,000 will be met.
Given that the surgery costs $16,000 she could be closer to that goal and hopefully more money is raised in the interim so she can get to the $40,000, which will allow her to rehab.

I noticed there was one big donation of $5,000 and that came from a person, who received a share from social media. Hence, sharing this article on social media, getting the word out is just as helpful as donating.
Sep 5th, 2017 11:03 PM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

This NYT article has been going around social media today.

Tornado Black, Tennis Prodigy, Sidelined by an Operation’s High Cost

SEPT. 5, 2017

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Three years ago, she was the third-ranked junior girl in the world and future stardom seemed as close as a short volley. It was a remarkable achievement for a player whose turbulent childhood included two periods of homelessness before she was a teenager.

But debilitating hip pain from two sports hernias — tears in the lower abdominal muscles — have derailed her career and left her probably the best player on the planet giving tennis lessons full time.

An operation would solve the issue, but Black said she cannot afford to pay for it. The money she earns from giving tennis lessons is not enough because she is also helping to support her mother and sister, Hurricane Tyra Black, a 16-year-old ranked No. 55 in the juniors.

“I make the bare amount,” Black said last month between lessons. “It’s tough supporting my sister traveling. I’m trying to save money for the hip surgery, trying to help pay the rent. Sometimes it can get really overwhelming for me. I’m only 19.”

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Black says her insurance and Medicaid will not cover the procedure out of the state of Florida, or her portion of the payment would be costly; it is a delicate operation and she said it would be best done by Dr. Meyers, who has a reputation as one of a few doctors known to perform it on elite athletes.

The surgery alone would cost $16,000, Black said. But she estimated she would need at least $40,000 more so she can take the time to rehabilitate the hip without having to give lessons.

She said her mother has skin cancer and severe asthma and is unable to help financially. Black said her mother recommended raising the money through an internet crowdfunding campaign — something the family has done in the past to cover training and traveling expenses — but Alicia has rejected the idea, for now. She says she is embarrassed to ask for money, but as her situation deteriorates, has not ruled it out.

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Full article:

And there's a page if you want to donate towards the $40k cost for Alicia's surgery and rehab.
Jun 9th, 2017 10:47 AM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

Originally Posted by Trey View Post
Hurricane & Whitney Osuigwe, I heard Whitney pretty good player

Whitney just won her SF at Roland Garros Juniors. She will play Liu in the final.
Mar 9th, 2017 10:22 AM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

at least she didn't retire and she will hopefully get some match practice again soon!
Mar 8th, 2017 04:42 PM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

She lost her first match back

Coopersmith/Nemtsova def. (WC)Frenkel/Black 4-6, 7-5, 10-6
Mar 7th, 2017 06:25 PM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

gl Ali. do your best on your return to the tour. I hope she stays healthy and fit! mabe it's not a bad idea to start playing doubles only at the beginning.
Mar 6th, 2017 09:04 PM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

Tornado is back this week playing only in doubles with Nicole Frenkel as a WC
Jan 26th, 2017 02:38 AM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

What's going on with Tornado? Did she quit?
Feb 16th, 2016 03:27 PM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

any news about her when she will return?
Jan 9th, 2016 04:55 AM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

Saw on Twitter she had hip surgery
Jan 9th, 2016 02:28 AM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

she back practicing guess she not injured no more

Jan 7th, 2016 03:52 PM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

I was just wondering the same. Last year was a really a dud for her. I know she struggled on and off with injuries. Hopefully we'll see her play some tournaments soon.
Jan 6th, 2016 05:52 AM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

Any news on Tornado? She seemed to have disappeared last year
Sep 6th, 2015 11:32 PM
Tennis Fool
Re: Tornado Ali Black

USO girls' draw first round:

Retired against (13) Vera Lapko, 57 55.

Wonder what happened
Sep 4th, 2015 05:28 PM
Re: Tornado Ali Black

R2: (7)Hlavackova/Hradecka def. (WC)Black/Neel 63 46 61

still two good matches. now get back on track in singles, too!
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