Djokovic donates 1 mn euros to help Serbia combat COVID-19

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic said he will donate one million euros ($1.1 million) to help his native Serbia buy respirators and other gear to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The player 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.

“Our donation is for the purchase of life-saving respirators and other sanitary equipment,” said the tennis star.

Normally based in Monaco, the family’s stay in Spain is “a pure coincidence”, according to his spokesperson.

The 32-year-old said he was working on keeping a “positive spirit” and enjoying the family time with the tennis season thrown into chaos by the pandemic.

The men’s ATP and women’s WTA Tours have been suspended until June 7, with the French Open postponed and Wimbledon facing possible postponement or even cancellation.

(with news agency inputs)