Roger Federer has joined the checklist of sports activities stars serving to out in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, with the previous world No. 1 and his spouse donating $1.02 million to susceptible households in his native Switzerland.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had each donated $1.08m to assist clinics and medical centres struggle the outbreak.
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Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes additionally got here collectively to donate lifesaving gear to Portuguese hospitals.
“These are difficult occasions for everybody and no person needs to be left behind,” Federer wrote in a press release posted on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Mirka and I’ve personally determined to donate a million Swiss Francs for essentially the most susceptible households in Switzerland.”
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 25, 2020
Globally, greater than 420,700 individuals have been contaminated by the outbreak and 18,820 have died, in accordance with a Reuters tally. Switzerland has practically 9,900 confirmed circumstances with 122 deaths.
“Our contribution is only a begin,” Federer added. “We hope that others would possibly take part supporting extra households in want. Collectively we are able to overcome this disaster.”
Federer, a 20-times Grand Slam winner, is recovering from knee surgery he underwent last month and was concentrating on a return in June in time for Wimbledon.
The tennis season is, nonetheless, suspended until June 7 as a result of pandemic.