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Djokovic contributes one milllion euros to coronavirus fight

27th March 2020, 14:43 by Tom McGarry

World number one Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have donated €1million to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion is the latest athlete to contribute to the worldwide fight against the disease and he is hoping his donation can be used to buy ventilators and other medical equipment in his native Serbia.

Rafael Nadal has already called on Spanish athletes to try and raise €11million to help the fight, while Roger Federer has donated one million Swiss Francs to support vulnerable families in his home country of Switzerland.

Djokovic is hoping his donation can go a long way to helping people get the support and treatment they need, with Serbia having reported 457 cases and seven deaths directly related to the virus.

"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 told the media at a video conference.

"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 €1m for the purchase of ventilators and other medical equipment."

The coronavirus outbreak has led to both the ATP and WTA Tours being suspended until June 7 at the earliest.

Djokovic had been in imperious form during the start of the year, winning 18 consecutive matches on his way to lifting the ATP Cup with Serbia, as well as claiming a record-extending eighth Australian Open title and a fifth success at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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