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‘This is a great man’ – Novak Djokovic praised after second huge donation to help fight coronavirus



Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has donated a further €1million to fight the coronavirus pandemic, this time to the Bergamo region of Italy.


Djokovic had already made a contribution to the fight in Serbia, but has now shown his generosity once again by reaching out to help the worst-hit region in Italy.

Novak Djokovic

Bergamo has suffered over 20,000 deaths related to the coronavirus – the most anywhere in Europe.

“We have received important donations from abroad and this has struck me,” Assembergs told Sky Italia.

“What has impressed me is that of Novak Djokovic, number one in world tennis, who has already made great donations for Serbia, his country, having heard the news of Lombardy and the province of Bergamo wanted to think of us too.

Novak Djokovic

“For me this is a great man, I hope to be able to embrace (thank) him tomorrow.” Sky Italia quoted Assembergs as saying.

Djokovic has a tremendous affiliation with Italy, particularly the Italian Open in Rome where he won his first Masters title aged just 20.

“Rome is a second home. Because I feel like I am Italian,” Djokovic explained last year.

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“I see it: people look at me with positive energy.

“And I feel that on court and in the city with all its history. Then I have many friends who I knew over the last 15 years.”

Djokovic & Murray Bring The Fun On Instagram Live
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray

With 125 tour-level titles between them, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray united on Friday for a star-studded Instagram Live that included plenty of colourful banter.

Both men dropped in from their respective homes to answer fan questions and playfully rib some of their fellow players. When Nick Kyrgios logged in to watch, Murray noted the Aussie’s recent ink and joked that he’s “not certain about the sleeve tattoo, although you can probably pull it off better than me.”

The current and former No. 1 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings also called out Wawrinka’s attire when he won the 2015 Roland Garros title by defeating Djokovic in the championship match.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

”Stan, if you’re watching, I hope you burn those shorts,” Djokovic said, laughing. Murray chimed in by adding that the shorts “were horrific.” Wawrinka, who was watching along, responded in the comments with a laugh emoji.

Djokovic and Murray also built their perfect tennis players during the Instagram Live session. Both men aligned on who they’d select for serve, volley and mental toughness, while also paying their respects to each other on return and backhand.

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