Roger Federer donates $1 Million to the family affected by Coronavirus

Roger Federer

Swiss Tennis Ace Roger Federer on Wednesday announced to donate $1 million Swiss Francs to the “most vulnerable families in Switzerland” during the coronavirus crisis. The Tennis maestro along with his wife Mirka has joined the list of the athletes to use their resources to help people in combating the coronavirus. 

The 38-year-old took to Social media to announce the donation to also create awareness among the people as he posted on Instagram.

“These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind,” Federer wrote. “Mirka [Federer’s wife] 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! Stay healthy!”

The Coronavirus has taken the world on a toll, with over 20,650 deaths till now and over 4,46,000 confirmed cases globally. Switzerland has reported 145 deaths due to the coronavirus while there have been more than 10,500 cases in Federer’s native country. 

Romanian Tennis player Simona Halep on March 17 also donated funds for purchasing medical needs in her home town of Constanta Romania, and to Bucharest for combating the coronavirus. Other tennis players who have donated or pledged to donate include Bianca Andresscu, Caty McNally, John Isner, and Martina Hingis, who have donated tennis gear to a fundraiser aimed at fighting the coronavirus. 

Last week, the ATP and WTA tour was suspended in the light of Coronavirus until at least June 7 with Wimbledon due to take place from 29 June until 12 July. The French Open and the next Grand Slam have been moved to the September window from May. 

Roger Federer last played in the Laver Cup in January before undergoing surgery of his knee. He was set to miss out from the French Open but since the French Open has been postponed, Federer might return by that time.