Federer donates $1M to families in Switzerland impacted by COVID-19

Tanya Simon
March 25, 2020

Tennis star Rodger Federer has pledged to donate over $1 million to help families who have been affected by the novel coronavirus in his native Switzerland.

In an Instagram post, which was illustrated by a photo of Federer and his wife Mirka, the world No 4 wrote the following message in three languages: English, Swiss German and French.

"Our contribution is just a start". We hope that others can come together to support more families in need.

The organisation aims to help "working poor families who are experiencing existential loss of income due to the current situation with the coronavirus".

The Swiss health ministry said more than 8,800 people have tested positive for Covid-19, while 86 people had died as of Monday.

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I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters. He had also reassured that it was merely a precautionary measure.

During his plea, Federer was heard saying, "I'm also staying home, and I haven't been shaking anybody's hands for quite some time now".

In order to curb the spread of the global pandemic, Switzerland is under a lockdown with non-essential business allowed till April 19.

Following a steep rise in the coronavirus cases across the globe, 20-time Grand Slam victor Roger Federer and wife Mina donated one million Swiss Francs (7.7 crore) to help the "vulnerable" families in Switzerland.

On Friday the Swiss government further tightened measures against the new coronavirus, banning all gatherings of more than five people, while anyone standing closer than two metres to others risks a fine.

Federer, 38, is recovering from a knee surgery he underwent in February.

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