Andy Roddick, former World number 1, was one of the strongest personalities in tennis in fight against Covid-19. The American made a revelation on Twitter, in which he took advantage of almost all messages asking people to stay home and not increase the risks of spread of the disease that is affecting the world.
The Andy Roddick Foundation is raising money through its Family Emergency Fund to support families in need in Austin, Texas. “It’s a huge deal. If you think about the cost of groceries, even the smallest donation can cover groceries for a day, which in these times is huge.
That was our first goal: we’ve got to replace these two meals a day, to not throw a family that’s already potentially in a stressful situation in a financially stressful situation,” Roddick said. “Thankfully we do plan ahead so we do have a little bit of a runway, but we also have staff and food and there are so many different needs we have to fill right now.
Anything we can get helps, and the Austin community has been amazing… Every little bit at this moment in time can make the difference for a family”. 'A-Rod' has seen charitable acts done by the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, helping the tennis world lead with its philanthropic efforts.
“What it does is I think it puts a magnifying glass on what tennis is doing now, but it’s not a one-off for tennis. Tennis has always stepped up and when I travel around speaking on behalf of the foundation to either other non-profits or conferences, my opening is about how I was lucky to be in the right vacuum,” Roddick added.
“When you’re looking at people like Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe and Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova and what Venus and Serena have done, tennis has always had that culture… It does elicit a sort of pride to be part of that community, but it also creates a responsibility to do your part”.