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Fondation Arthritis introduces its new ambassador


Paris, November 4, 2019: As their 30th anniversary approaches, world-renowned tennis player Caroline Wozniacki joins forces with the Fondation Arthritis to spotlight one of the lesser-known diseases.


Over the next three years, a total of 3.5 million euros will be dedicated to the launch of an ambitious research project aimed at finding a cure for rheumatoid polyarthritis, a joint and bone disease, which Caroline Wozniacki was diagnosed with in 2018. This auto-immune disease destroys joints in the hands and feet, which can deform them and be a huge handicap. It primarily affects women and young adults but also children.


A meaningful encounter

Clarins, a leader in cosmetics who, for more 30 years, has supported an independent Foundation created by the Courtin family and Wozniacki, a courageous and determined tennis champion, have been brought together through ambition, passion, audacity, beauty and sports. This isn’t the first time, however, that Clarins has been linked to tennis. In 1986, through the encouragement of the brand’s founder, Jacques Courtin-Clarins, Clarins sponsored the leading female tennis tournament event in Paris.


Making a difference together

Jacques Courtin-Clarins’ wife, Maria-Luisa, suffered from rheumatoid polyarthritis. Distraught over her suffering, Jacques Courtin-Clarins teamed up with Denis Bloch (whose 7 year old son was affected by the disease as well) in 1989 and founded the Association for Polyarthritis Research (APR). Working with Françoise Russo-Marie, a researcher at Inserm (the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research), they assembled a high-level scientific committee and financed several medical research projects exclusively dedicated to arthritis.

Fighting such a disease is a challenge Wozniacki knows well. Last year, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid polyarthritis after experiencing severe pain in her hands which hindered her ability to play tennis. Since then, and despite painful episodes, this fighter has continued her professional tennis career. She’s proof that with research, everything is possible.


Today, she lends her support to the Fondation Arthritis in a combined effort aimed at encouraging the development of new treatments for severe cases and making sure that those who suffer from this disease are taken care of in the best possible manner, every day.