Tennis legend Roger Federer and wife Mirka pledge £860k to help Swiss coronavirus aid

Federer in action for Switzerland at the London 2012 Olympics (PA Images)
22:23pm, Wed 25 Mar 2020
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Roger Federer has donated £860k to some of the most vulnerable families in Switzerland affected by coronavirus.

The 38-year-old and his wife, Mirka, join a host of sports stars including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in making donations to the crisis effort and he now hopes that more will follow suit.

He shared the news in an Instagram post.

"Our contribution is just a start," said the 20-time Grand Slam champion. "We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need.

“These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind," he added.

"Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs (£860k) for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.

"Together we can overcome this crisis. Stay healthy."

On Instagram today, Federer revealed that they would be setting up a new charity called "Fund for Families in need" which will launch on March 26.

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