Tweets of the week: Federer, Djokovic giving back as coronavirus crisis continues

Saturday, Mar 28

As social distancing continues into week three, and with no tennis until at least June, ATP Tour stars are helping to fight the effects of COVID-19. We’re not surprised at all to see how Roger Federer is giving back. 🙌

Serbian World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena are also pitching in to help their country gather the supplies and resources they need to combat the virus.

View this post on Instagram

Dear friends, this is a video from the press conference my wife @jelenadjokovicndf and I hosted this afternoon to announce that we donated 1 million euros through our @novakfoundation to Serbia for the purchase of medical equipment and supplies. We have spent the past several weeks gathering every piece of necessary information on COVID-19 in order to make this informed decision on how my family could make the biggest and best impact on our country. People from the Republic of China have given us tremendous help and support, we cannot thank them enough. I keep receiving calls from all over the world and people want to help but don’t know where or how. We have decided to open an emergency account through Novak Djokovic Foundation where our family money will go and I’m directing any other person that wishes to help to donate there. All the money will go towards the purchase of respirators, medical equipment, and any required supplies like masks. I am fully aware of how much this crisis has impacted everyone on all fronts.. I am touched by the generosity that keeps pouring from across the globe with the intention to give back and help in Serbia. I am very proud to be an athlete in these times, among many greats who have come forward to bring people together at a time when we are apart – to bring hope, community, and inspire others in the same way to use our platforms for good. This is what life is all about – giving. For more information, please visit @novakfoundation and novakdjokovicfoundation.org. Our team is here to help. Stay positive, we will get through this together 🙏🏼❤️. Much love to all, Novak

A post shared by Novak Djokovic (@djokernole) on

We also learned that Rory McIlroy might have a spot on the ATP Tour come June. 👀

Stan Wawrinka has been killing it on social media since the quarantine started, and this is just another prime example. 😂

And how about this rally! What an awesome basement setup I’m definitely not jealous of. 👌 

With no Olympics until 2021, Novak Djokovic shared some words of wisdom for the tennis world. 🙌

We’ve also seen some killer home workouts this week. Way to stay in shape, boys!

And, of course, can’t forget about the video games. FIFA 20 is a classic!

Whatever this means…we feel the same, Stefanos.

Andy Roddick even had an audition for the Tennis Channel this week. Can’t beat working from home!

And what about this shot from Mardy Fish?! 10/10 execution. 😯

Professional tennis also had its first case of the coronavirus this week, as 20-year-old Thiago Seyboth Wild tested positive for the virus. The Brazilian, who won his first ATP Tour tournament in Chile this past February, has been isolating since the diagnosis. We’re wishing you all the best, Thiago!

(Feature image: Instagram/@rogerfederer)

Tags