Three-time grand slam winner Andy Murray has made the incredible gesture to donate any prize money he wins for the rest of the year to help children impacted by the war in Ukraine.
The World No.88 is the UNICEF UK ambassador and made the extraordinary announcement following Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion leaving millions of families displaced in Ukraine.
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"Over 7.5m children are at risk with the escalating conflict in Ukraine, so I'm working with @UNICEF_uk to help provide urgent medical supplies and early childhood development kits," Murray wrote on Twitter.
"It's vital education continues, so UNICEF is working to enable access to learning for displaced children, as well as supporting the rehabilitation of damaged schools, together with replacement equipment and furniture.
"I'm going to be donating my earnings from my prize money for the rest of the year, but anyone in the UK can support UNICEF's humanitarian response by donating to our appeal by following this link - https://unicef.uk/am_ukraine Children in Ukraine need peace - now."
Murray's announcement follows Ukrainian tennis player Dayana Yastremska donating her prize money from making the Lyon Open final to helping those in need during the war effort.
The tennis world was quick to praise Murray for his extraordinary gesture with Andy Roddick showering the Scot with praise for always leading the way in the tennis community.
— UNICEF UK (@UNICEF_uk) March 8, 2022
Andy Murray donating his prize money for the rest of the year to help Ukraine, wowza. https://t.co/0V7uv8H9Sj
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 8, 2022
Andy Murray, as usual, just being a thoroughly decent person. https://t.co/mvoiiO2biX
— Alice Arnold💙 (@alicearnold1) March 8, 2022
This guy just consistently gets it. Like every time https://t.co/l8z3bBDyAl
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) March 8, 2022
Tennis bodies rally behind Ukraine
Murray's decision comes as the tennis world rallied behind Ukraine.
The ATP, WTA, International Tennis Federation and the four grand slams have each donated 100,000 US dollars to humanitarian efforts through Global Giving's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund and the Ukraine Tennis Federation.
The total amounts to $AUD 960,000.
The Wimbledon Foundation has also made donations to the British Red Cross and the Disaster Emergency Committee.
Ribbons in the colours of the Ukraine flag will be distributed to players at Indian Wells, which begins on Wednesday.
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