Novak Djokovic has made a huge donation to help fight coronavirus
COVID-19 has brought the sporting world to a halt and led to the deaths of more than 25,000 people worldwide.
There have been almost 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Serbia and Djokovic’s pledge of one million euros will help buy more ventilators and medical equipment for the country. ‘I wish to express my gratitude to all the medical staff across the world and in my native Serbia for helping everyone infected by the coronavirus,’ Djokovic said.
‘Unfortunately, more and more people are getting infected every day. My wife Jelena and I are putting together a plan how to best donate our resources to people in need. ‘Our donation is one million euros for the purchase of ventilators and other medical equipment.’
Djokovic enjoyed an unbeaten start to the 2020 tennis season before the campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 32-year-old helped Serbia win the ATP Cup in January before lifting his eighth Australian Open and 17th Grand Slam title in Melbourne.
The man with the most Major titles, Roger Federer has donated £857,000 to support the ‘most vulnerable families in Switzerland’. ‘These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind,’ the 20-time Grand Slam champion said.
‘Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland. ‘Our contribution is just a start. We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need. Together we can overcome this crisis.’
The All England Lawn Tennis Club will hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss their options for this year’s Wimbledon Championships, with the coranavirus likely forcing the tournament to be cancelled.