Federer to donate $50 million as charity this year

Published 10/31/2018, 11:42 AM EDT

He is not only the great tennis players of all times but also the humblest personality on this planet. The 20-time major champion, Roger Federer could be undoubtedly referred to as the greatest philanthropist amongst the sporting world. The Roger Federer Foundation in Africa and Europe is benefiting numerous children across the two continents. Federer received about $117 million as the career prize money from tournaments. He earned $77 million solely in the year 2017 which inculcate 11 endorsements as well. 

Federer in Zambia

The Swiss maestro’s finance manager disclosed about Federer’s donation of $50 million to charity within the end of 2018. President and CEO of Team8, Tony Godsick praises Federer for his off-court activities. “As good a tennis player as he is, he’s a better person, and I get to see a lot more than the average fan gets to see of him,” said Godsick. “All the stuff he does with his foundation—there’s a lot of foundations, they do it for their image. I sit on the board of his foundation, and it’s really interesting to see how engaged he is, and the amount he cares. By this year, he’ll have given away $50 million”.

As a fellow philanthropist, Federer said it’s invaluable to know someone like Gates, who dedicated his life to charitable causes through the Bill & Melinda Foundation

In the month of March this year, Federer teamed up with Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates in Silicon Valley in a rematch of last year’s “Match for Africa”. The charity matches do aid in raising fund but more importantly, it helps in raising the awareness of the cause.  The Roger Federer Foundation CEO Janine Handel addressed his views on the match played in Sanjose this March. “These kinds of evenings are great opportunities for us, not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness for our cause. So many children are living in poverty and one of the most powerful tools to exit poverty is education, so they have a chance in life and can reach their full potential”, said Handel.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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