July 17, 2019 by Muriel Sommers
Women’s Tennis Pro CoCo Vandeweghe Visits Children at Miami Cancer Institute (Video)
Women’s tennis pro CoCo Vandeweghe, currently the world’s 22nd ranked Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) player, took time out of her busy practice schedule to visit with Baptist Children’s Hospital patients and their families at Miami Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Infusionarium.
(The Baptist Health South Florida News Team was there as young patients at Miami Cancer Institute enjoyed a surprise visit from professional tennis player Coco Vandeweghe. Video by Dylan Kyle and Steve Pipho)
The 6-foot-1 Australian Open semifinalist, known for serving fast-flying aces, sat beside young cancer patients, partaking in gentle conversations and leaving them with smiles on their faces. Three-year old patient, Kaya, engaged the 25-year-old player in a friendly game of bouncing and rolling an oversized tennis ball.
Vandeweghe also gave the children autographed Miami Open merchandise, including over-sized tennis balls and hats, and posed for pictures with families.
Vandeweghe is in town competing in the 2017 Miami Open Tennis Tournament. Known as one of the largest and most prestigious professional tennis events in the world, the Miami Open runs through April 2 at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne. Vandeweghe is the tournament’s 20th seed in women’s singles. Moving up in the world rankings over her nine-year professional career, she’s listed on the WTA website as one of the “rising stars” in women’s tennis.
The Baptist Health South Florida News Team was there to capture the tennis pro’s visit. Watch the video now.