Andy Murray: "People continue to die in Ukraine"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 657
Andy Murray was one of the first tennis players to show his full support for Ukraine after the Russian invasion. The former world number one has in fact decided to donate all of his Prize money to UNICEF, an association close to children affected by the war in Ukraine, starting with the Indian Wells Masters 1000.
The initiative carried out by the Scot was welcomed by Mark Ein, director of the ATP 500 tournament in Washington. Ein will donate the same amount Murray will be able to earn at the Citi Open to the Ukrainian cause. Ein said: "Murray's initiative has inspired us and today we announce that we will equalize his donation regardless of the result he achieves in Washington.
We will also create a portal, called Match Ukraine, for fans. Everyone will be able to contribute and be part of Murray's journey. Andy wants to make a difference and he really deserves all of our support."
Murray and the war in Ukraine: "We cannot forget"
Murray, for his part, said: "It's incredible.
I want to personally thank Mark and the entire organizational team for their support. This shows that when tournaments and players work together, they can create something very beautiful and important. I hope to have a great tournament and that many people can be involved in this project.
The goal is to raise a lot of money this week. We cannot forget what is still happening today. People are still being killed, children are still being forced to flee their homes and live in dire situations. It is important that the media continue to shed light on the war." Murray was drawn near the bottom of the draw in Washington.
The Scot will face Mikael Ymer in the first round and already knows the name of the tennis player he would challenge in the event of a win on his debut. This is the number 15 seeded Aslan Karatsev, who will be able to take advantage of the bye.