Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic said Friday he was donating one million euros ($1.1 million) to help his native Serbia buy respirators and other gear to combat the coronavirus.
He mentioned, "I want to thank all the medical staff in my country and all the world who are helping people in the fight against coronavirus".
Confirming the same via his official Twitter handle, the Serbian player said that the funds will be used to purchase ventilators and medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia. "Unfortunately, the number of diseased people is growing each day, so Jelena, myself, and our foundation chose to find out what is the best way to donate our resources, time, knowledge, money ... whatever it takes to support the health of people across Serbia", he said.
In the meantime, Australian Open and All England Club champion Djokovic has put together a package to help the fight, with over 550,000 confirmed global cases and more than 25,000 deaths to date.
"[The] Novak Djokovic Foundation team is working like a well-oiled machine and we are ready to help". "My wife Jelena and I are putting together a plan how to best donate our resources to people in need", he said.
Djokovic was in imperious form before the pandemic brought the tennis season to a halt with both the men's ATP Tour and the WTA Tour, which runs women's competitions, suspended till June 7.
"The situation is very unpredictable". "Each of us tries to help in this situation to the extent of his possibilities".
"Because of the nature of my job, I'm always on the road so now we are trying to look at it on the bright and positive side as much as possible and to do some things for which we usually don't have time".