AGENCIES, Geneva: World’s #4 ranked tennis player Roger Federer on Wednesday donated more than a million dollars to help support his “most vulnerable” Swiss compatriots through the coronavirus crisis.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion and his wife donated $1.02 mn, saying nobody should be left behind as Switzerland battles against the global pandemic. “These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind. Mirka 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 20-time Grand Slam champion tweeted on Wednesday.
Federer is currently recovering from the knee surgery he underwent in February and was scheduled to make his return during the grass-court season.
The second Grand Slam of the year French Open has been postponed from its May 24-June 7 slot to September 20-October 4.
Moreover, the men’s ATP and women’s WTA Tours have been suspended until June 7, with rankings frozen.
The finals of the Fed Cup, scheduled for Budapest from April 14-19, have been postponed indefinitely.
According to official figures reported to the World Health Organization, Switzerland has the ninth-highest number of infections in the world.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 25, 2020