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Madison Keys opens up on Kinder Girl World Day

May 21, 2019

While in Paris preparing for this year’s French Open, World-No. 14 Madison Keys is focusing her energy elsewhere on Tuesday.

Keys and FearlesslyGirl, an organization that she is an ambassador for, have declared May 21, 2019 as the inaugural “Kinder Girl World Day”. A day created in the hopes of replacing some of the toxicity we often see online with messages of kindness.

The 24-year-old opened up about her role in a piece she wrote for the WTA, saying: “There is so much negativity on the internet, and it can be hurtful and damaging. I want to help show the world the power of kindness, and the difference we can make when we take action.

“That’s why I’m excited with FearlesslyGirl to kick off #KinderGirlWorldDay on May 21st. It’s an opportunity for all of us to take a meaningful step to fight back against the toxicity of social media by posting about a woman you respect, admire, and want to recognize with a supporting message online.”

So, in keeping with that spirit, Keys spent the better part of her day in Paris recognizing some of the women in her life who have inspired her – starting with the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus.

Then, Keys turned her attention to her friend and fellow American Sloane Stephens. Someone who was quick to return the favour.

But, the FearlesslyGirl ambassador didn’t just limit her scope to the world of tennis. She also identified one of her favorite quotes from the former First Lady Michelle Obama and spoke about how the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has motivated others.

Over a short few hours, Keys’ outpour of positive messages has already had a significant impact on social media, as many current and former players were quick to join in on #KinderGirlWorldDay.

Per WTA: “Madison Keys is a proud ambassador for FearlesslyGiRL. The organization is asking everyone to join #KinderGirlWorldDay on May 21st and help change the world one day, one post and one girl at a time. Participants are challenged to tag and recognize a fellow girl or woman on social media, and leave them a message of support and kindness, using the hashtag #KinderGirlWorldDay and tagging @fearlesslygirl.”