American tennis star Reilly Opelka has announced that he will donate $100 for every ace he hits during the Miami Masters. All proceeds will go to Wings For Life, a non-profit foundation dedicated to spinal cord research. Announcing the donation, Opelka called on Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas to join her in action.
"Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know that I'm going to donate $100 for every ace I hit during the Miami Open. I will be donating it to Wings For Life which is a spinal cord research charity. I'm going to ask my friends Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas to do the same.
We will give $100 for every ace," Opelka said on Instagram. Opelka, ranked 18th in the world, hopes to make his first big race in Miami this year. Opelka, who won two qualifying matches to earn a spot in the Miami main draw in 2019, reached the third round in his tournament debut.
Last year, Opelka was defeated by Alexei Popyrin in the second round in Miami. Opelka is a much better player than he was when he last played in Miami. The last time Opelka played was at the Indian Wells Masters, where he reached the round of 16 before losing to Rafael Nadal.
In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Mouratoglou defended Novak Djokovic's decision to remain unvaccinated against Covid-19.
Mouratoglou on Djokovic's decision to remain unvaccinated
Renowned coach Patrick Mouratoglou has described Novak Djokovic's Covid-19 vaccine stance as "courageous" and believes the Serb's choice illustrates why he is a great champion.
"He now knows that not being vaccinated puts him at risk of not becoming the greatest player of all time," Mouratoglou continued. "And knowing that, he says - 'I keep my line, I'm not gonna get vaccinated.'
Unfortunately, we live in a world where we don't respect the belief of the people so much, and I think it's a great asset to stick to what you deeply believe. He doesn't believe in vaccination, which again, is his right."
Patrick Mouratoglou also addressed the negative reaction Novak Djokovic could face from fans during matches due to his vaccine status. "He has a lot of people against him," Mouratoglou said. "And we know that for the top athletes it's very difficult to have a lot of people against you because you are competing in stadiums. The role of the crowd is the key, it's natural to want to be loved and embraced by the crowd."