Joining the likes of Simona Halep, Roger Federer – world number one Novak Djokovic announced the donation of one million euros ( 1.1 million) to help his native country Serbia buy respirators and other gear to combat the coronavirus. Djokovic broke the news through a Serbian news channel that the amount will be used to purchase of “life-saving respirators and other sanitary equipment.” Also Read - Delhi Lockdown News: Chandni Chowk, Other Markets Under Self-imposed Lockdown From Today Due to Corona Surge
The 32-year-old Tennis legend was speaking in a video conference from the southern Spanish city of Marbella, where he and his family are currently hunkering down under nationwide lockdown orders. “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,” said Djokovic. Also Read - Centre Bans Oxygen Supply For Industrial Use to Meet Medical Requirements For COVID Patients | Highlights
“Our donation is for the purchase of life-saving respirators and other sanitary equipment,” added the tennis star. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Universities, Colleges And Schools Closed Till May 15
“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.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion said he is currently staying in a positive frame of mind despite the unexpected halt and spending some time with the family. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, the whole Tennis season has been thrown into chaos.
The men’s ATP and women’s WTA Tours have been suspended until June 7. The second Grand Slam of the year – French Open has already been postponed while Wimbledon is on the verge of possible postponement or even cancellation.
“I don’t remember spending so much time with my family since I became a father,” added Djokovic, who declined to discuss tennis matters and told reporters he was passing time by reading a book on the ‘History of the Serbs’.
Djokovic also thanked China for sending several shipments of medical equipment and doctors to Serbia, where they are now helping guide Belgrade’s COVID-19 strategy.
Seven people have died and more than 450 are known to be infected with the respiratory disease among Serbia’s seven million population, according to authorities.
“I thank China from the bottom of my heart on behalf of myself and the entire nation,” he said.