Đoković donates Rome victory prize money to flood victims

Novak Đoković, who on Sunday won the Rome Masters tournament, has decided to donate the prize money to the flood victims in Serbia.

Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti

According to reports, his donation is worth USD 500,000.

Beside this, Serbia's best tennis player already collected USD 100,000 via his foundation, and previously also made a personal donation to help those in his homeland affected by the natural disaster.

The Novak Đoković Foundation's executive director, Jelena Ristić, called on all those who can to join the humanitarian campaign and help repair the damage done by the floods.

Other Serbian athletes have also made contributions, with Ana Ivanović and Nenad Zimonjić donating RSD 1 million each, and the Football Association (FSS) RSD 15 million.

After the Rome tournament Đoković criticized leading international media for not reporting enough about the drama unfolding in Serbia. He was then invited by the BBC, and explained the reason for his reaction:

B92 on Saturday appealed on Serbian athletes and sports workers to help those affected by the floods. Minister of Sports and Youth Vanja Udovičić thanked all those who joined the effort, but noted that help was still very much needed.

The Serbian Ministry of Finance on Monday announced that donations can now be made from 193 countries and regions via PayPal.

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