Novak Djokovic Donates 1 Million Euros to Help Serbia Combat Coronavirus Pandemic

Tanya Simon
March 31, 2020

World number one Novak Djokovic has donated €1million to help hospitals fight the coronavirus outbreak in Serbia.

"Unfortunately, the number of those infected is increasing", the tennis world number one said of the decision to make the donation.

Roger Federer and wife Mirka also pledged one-million Swiss Franks to help contain the virus in Switzerland this week while Raga Nadal and Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol are now fundraising in a bid to raise 11-million euro in Spain.

"Our donation is intended for the purchase of respirators which are essential to save lives and for the purchase of other sanitary equipment", said the world no1 during a video conference organized by its spokesmen in Belgrade.

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It is worth highlighting that Djokovic's country Serbia has so far recorded 450 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.

The ATP Tour season has been suspended until June as the sport attempts to slow the spread of the virus.

The 32-year-old Serbian has won 18 consecutive games this season, lifting the ATP Cup with Serbia before an eighth Australian Open title in Melbourne, and then a fifth title at the Dubai Tennis Championship. What has become clear to us is that this situation is going to be a marathon, rather than a speed race, and it would be good for us to rationally and strategically utilize both our strength and resources to be able to push through to the very end. There is a lot of fear and panic and I understand that completely because there is so much suffering.

"My family and I are trying to stay as positive and energetic as possible in the fight against this virus impostor".

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