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Roger Federer makes huge donation to a Swiss charity as he joins the fight against Covid-19

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Roger Federer. Photo: AP

Roger Federer. Photo: AP

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Roger Federer. Photo: AP

Tennis legend Roger Federer has donated one million Swiss Francs (€943,965) to vulnerable families in Switzerland amid the global fight against the coronavirus.

The 20-time Grand Slam champions posted a message on his Instagram page confirming the donation made with his wife Mirka, as he urged the world to unite in a bid to beat Covid-19.

"These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind," wrote Federer. "Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland. Our contribution is just a start. We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need. Together we can overcome this crisis.

"I believe helping each other is more important now than ever. Especially because we want to help the older generation. It's really important to take these rules seriously. Very very seriously.

"Also, we must help families in need quickly. Mirka and I have donated to a newly established emergency assistance fund for families in Switzerland. The fund is managed by Winterhilfe, a trusted partner of our foundation and highly experienced to support vulnerable people for decades.

"From tomorrow March 26, the 'Fund for families in need' will be functional and ready to make contributions such as vouchers for food and child care services and where necessary."

Federer's on-court rival Novak Djokovic has also sent a message to his Instagram followers, urging them to follow social distancing rules in a bid to halt the spread of Covid-19.

"Very challenging times for everyone," he wrote. "I am sending support and prayers. Please stay at home in quarantine and help frontline medical people to help all the people infected and in need.

"It's all about perspective. We live in a fast-paced modern life. Constantly on the go. We rarely get to stop and contemplate our lives. We became addicted to this idea that we always need to be somewhere else and do something productive.

"We can't be healthy if our world isn't healthy. This is the time for all of us to get together and unite. Let's really try to spend quality time with our family at home, enjoy the little things in life. Let's try to laugh, love and dedicate time to inner work."

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