Covid-19: Federer donates 1 million Swiss Francs to the poor

  • Covid-19: Federer donates 1 million Swiss Francs to the poor

Covid-19: Federer donates 1 million Swiss Francs to the poor

But the 20-time Grand Slam champion went even further on Wednesday when he announced he would donate 1m Swiss francs (£860,000) with Mirka "for the most vulnerable families" in the country.

Federer, who is recovering from a knee surgery, took to Instagram to share an image with his wife alongside a caption which said that these are "challenging times" and "nobody should be left behind". Mirka and I have personally made a decision to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.

"Our contribution is just the beginning". We hope that others can come together to support more families in need. Federer's native Switzerland is home to one of the ten worst outbreaks on the planet, with more than 10,000 confirmed cases and over 100 reported deaths.

The 20-times Grand Slam victor had revealed on his Facebook account that he underwent surgery in Switzerland and would miss a string of tournaments.

Federer has earned almost $900 million through prize money and sponsorships throughout his career and is on track to become the first tennis player to cross the billion-dollar threshold, Business Insider previously reported. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the disease a pandemic as it quickly spread outside of China and engulfed the world.

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According to the Swiss health ministry, more than 8,800 people have tested positive for COVID-19, while 86 people had died as of Monday. Over 400,000 people have been infected globally.