Rafa Nadal teams up with Roger Federer to raise funds for COVID-19 support. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd
Perhaps inspired by the 1 million USD COVID-19 aid donation of Roger Federer in Switzerland, Rafael Nadal has set up plans to come to the aid of his virus-affected Spanish compatriots.
The world No. 2 whose spring clay season lies in tatters due to ATP tournament cancellation during the current virus emergency, has called upon his fellow Spanish athletes to raise 11 million euros (USD 12 million) to battle the pandemic.
“I think that we’re the athletes that we are in large part because of your support and now is that time that your athletes don’t fail you,”
Nadal said in a video.
“We reached the conclusion that now is the time to launch an initiative which we hope that all Spanish sports come together in a show of solidarity and a good example of unity to align ourselves with the Red Cross Responde.
“The objective is clear, it’s to raise 11 million euros to help 1.35 million people. We trust that all of Spanish sport comes on board… Pau and I have already made our donations and we trust in you to make sure that this is our best victory.”
Spain is the world’s fourth most-affected country, nearing 60,000 cases of the virus with more than 4,000 casualties.
Nadal has been coordinating with NBA basketballer Pau Gasol in the fund-raising effort to donate protective equipment and infrastructure to assist Spaniards affected by the unprecedented health emergency.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic quickly joined Nadal and Federer by pledging 1 million euros (USD 1.1 million) to fight the disease in his native Serbia.
“I wish to express my gratitude to all the medical staff across the world and in my native Serbia for helping everyone infected by the coronavirus,”
Djokovic told Serbian media from Marbella, Spain.
“Unfortunately, more and more people are getting infected every day. My wife Jelena and I are putting together a plan how to best donate our resources to people in need.
“Our donation is one million euros for the purchase of ventilators and other medical equipment.”