Hubert Hurkacz, the world’s number 10 tennis player, promised to donate €2,000 (£1,700/$2,100) for every ace he hits at Wimbledon. However, after being eliminated in the first round, his ace total will not increase.b
Hurkacz lost to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in five sets despite serving 20 aces.
The Spaniard prevailed 7-6, 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 by taking the first 10-point final-set tiebreak at Wimbledon, 10-8.
Hurkacz, a player from Poland, had won the grass-court Halle Open earlier in the month and was in good shape going into Wimbledon, but he was the first seed to lose.
Hurkacz will nonetheless donate €2,000 to help those affected by the conflict in Ukraine in recognition of the 20 aces he hit. Hurkacz made a donation pledge of €100 (£86/$106) for each ace he hit at the third Grand Slam of the year before the event. Due to the conflict in Ukraine, Wimbledon this year has banned players from Russia and Belarus.
According to the United Nations, since February 24, when Russia’s full-scale invasion began with Belarus’ assistance, at least 4,731 civilians have died in Ukraine (UN).
The UN fears that the actual figure is significantly higher and does not account for the deaths brought on by a Russian missile strike on a busy mall in Kremenchuk today.
As refugees, more than 7.5 million people have fled Ukraine.
Tennis players from Russia and Belarus have been able to compete on the ATP and WTA Tours without flying their national flags even though those nations have been largely cut off from international sport as a result of the war.
The ATP, WTA, and International Tennis Federation all stripped Wimbledon of its ranking points as a result of the decision to outright ban Russian and Belarusian players.
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