Tennis star's stunning act for Ukraine during Wimbledon quest

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Hubert Hurkacz (pictured) holding the Halle trophy.
Hubert Hurkacz (pictured) has announced he will pledge 100 euros for every ace made during his Wimbledon title push. (Getty Images)

Big serving Wimbledon hopeful Hubert Hurkacz has announced he will pledge 100 euros towards Ukraine relief efforts for every one of his aces at SW19 in 2022.

Hurkacz is heading into Wimbledon in terrific form having just defeated World No.1 Daniil Medvedev in the Halle Final -a lead-up grass tournament to SW19 - and will be looking to make a deep run in London.

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The big-serving Polish star has the third most aces on the ATP Tour in 2022 with 452.

He sits behind two Americans John Isner and Reilly Opelka.

And in a big announcement, Hurkacz said he hopes to hit a large number of aces to help out Ukraine during their time of need.

“I’d like to announce that starting tomorrow I am pledging to donate 100 euros for every ace I hit at Wimbledon to help support the people of Ukraine," he wrote.

"Hope my serve works well!”

Hurkacz begins his Wimbledon campaign against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round on Monday.

The 25-year-old will be one of the favourites heading into Wimbledon, behind names such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and the in-form Matteo Berretini.

Novak Djokovic 'extra motivated' for Wimbledon

The favourite for Wimbledon is the winner of the last three editions, Djokovic.

The No.1 seed said he will be taking extra motivation into the tournament considering it will likely be his last grand slam of 2022.

Djokovic has been allowed to play both the French Open and will take part in Wimbledon as the No.1 seed with the countries allowing unvaccinated visitors.

However, doubts still remain over whether Djokovic will play at the US Open with the country currently requiring all visitors to be vaccinated.

Novak Djokovic (pictured) makes his way to a practice session ahead of the 2022 Wimbledon Championship.
Novak Djokovic (pictured) is one of the favourites for this year's Wimbledon. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Djokovic said a day out from Wimbledon that SW19 will most likely be the last grand slam he plays in 2022.

However, it appears the ban has made his will to win Wimbledon for a fourth consecutive time even greater.

"As of today I'm not allowed to enter the States under these circumstances. I'm aware of that," he told reporters.

"That is an extra motivation to do well here," he told reporters.

"Hopefully I can have a very good tournament, as I have done in the last three editions. Then I'll just have to wait and see. I would love to go to States.

"But as of today, that's not possible."

with Reuters

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