The tennis community continues to dig deep to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic with Andy Murray making a donation and Rafael Nadal putting up memorabilia for action.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray paid tribute to NHS staff in a short video and revealed he made a donation to the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) following a recent visit to the Cambridge hospital.
“I just wanted to send you a quick message to say thank you so much for all the work that you are doing,” he said.
“This is obviously an extremely difficult time for everyone but none more so than for the healthcare workers, so I just wanted to say a big thanks for all of your hard work, dedication and the sacrifices that you’re making at this time for all of us.
“I was at your hospital just a few months ago for a scan and everyone there was fantastic and extremely helpful. I have made a donation to the ACT charity to say thank you very much for everything that you’re doing.”
Nadal, meanwhile, will auction the shirt he wore when he won the 2019 French Open with the proceeds going to the Spanish Red Cross.
Aquí mi aportación para iniciativa de la acb. Yo les doy un objeto mio preciado 😉 y ellos tienen esta buena iniciativa dentro de #LaMejorAsistencia para #NuestraMejorVictoria 💪🏻🏀💪🏻@acbcom 🙌🏻#CruzRojaResponde#NuestraMejorVictoria
¡¡Y lo dicho, a animarse !!#yomequedoencasa pic.twitter.com/cZKAgjYqyy
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) April 8, 2020
The 19-time Grand Slam winner last month set up a coronavirus fundraising drive alongside NBA star Pau Gasol, challenging their fellow Spanish athletes to help raise €11 million (about £9.9m) to help fight Covid-19.
But it wasn’t just Spaniards who came to the party as world No 1 Novak Djokovic also made a donation.
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