Novak Djokovic and spouse Jelena have introduced they are going to be donating €1million (£887,000) by the Novak Djokovic Basis to assist individuals in Serbia with the battle towards coronavirus.
Over 24,000 individuals have died from the illness which has modified the lives of hundreds of thousands world wide.
On Thursday, the variety of circumstances globally surpassed the 500,000 mark and it continues to rise.
Like many different international locations, Serbia is in want of ventilators and medical gear to assist sufferers in hospitals.
Djokovic is a beloved determine in Serbia on account of his achievement on the tennis courtroom and his philanthropic work.
And the world No 1 and his spouse Jelena have stepped up in a major approach to assist weak individuals.
“The combat shouldn’t be straightforward, numbers aren’t nice, however I’m satisfied that we are going to handle to make it out of this stronger than earlier than,” Djokovic informed Serbian media in a video convention.
“It is very important stay united on this combat, to assist one another, so we will defeat this virus quicker and simpler.
“We want to use this chance to ask everybody else to affix us and assist quite a few households and individuals who need assistance to outlive and get wholesome once more.
“We’ll hold bringing individuals collectively, who’re calling me daily, and who wish to take part.
“Not everybody will help, many are hit onerous by this case, however luckily, there are a lot of individuals and corporations who will help.
“We’ll open a particular account for this emergency state of affairs, like we did the final time once we had been hit by the floods.
“[The] Novak Djokovic Basis staff is working like a well-oiled machine and we’re prepared to assist.”
Djokovic’s efforts observe these made by his fellow rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
On Thursday, Nadal launched a marketing campaign to assist increase €11million to assist the Crimson Cross in badly hit Spain.
Earlier this week, Federer pledged 1m Swiss francs (£860,000) to assist weak households in Switzerland.