World No. 39 Reilly Opelka has donated 500 facemasks to his hometown of Palm Coast this week as part of his efforts to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, The 22-year-old Opelka, who grew up in Palm Coast after his family moved from Michigan in 2002, has partnered with independent, eco-friendly clothing brand MULCH to distribute the masks, according to NewsJournalOnline.
Opelka commented, "For me, it’s just a small way to thank the essential workers and medical staff that have been keeping Palm Coast up and running during these difficult times. Palm Coast has always been extremely supportive of me and so has MULCH.
It was the perfect opportunity to support one another and give back. Palm Coast is where I grew up, it’s where my parents still live, so it’s pretty much still home for me. A lot of people are still working through this difficult situation and experiencing some tough times.
It’s a small gesture, a small way to say thank you. I think 500 masks will go a long way in a city like Palm Coast”. Philippe Zarif, MULCH’s co-founder, said his company created the 500 masks in the space of 72 hours and that they had stopped the production of T-shirts and moved to the production of masks.
At 6-foot-11, Opelka is one of the tallest players on the tennis circuit. He was 7-3 for the season prior to the tennis shutdown and won his second career title in Delray Beach this year. Opelka, one of the tallest players in tennis at 6-foot-11, is currently ranked 39th on the ATP Tour.
He is 7-3 during the 2020 season, including a hard-court title in Delray Beach, his second professional tournament triumph. The professional tennis circuit has been suspended till July 12th as of now and the ATP Tour has said that they will take a call by June 1st about the resumption of the tennis circuit.