Venezuelan Daniel Vallverdu, who has coached Grand Slam winners like Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin Del Potro, and is the current coach of women's World No. 3 Karolina Plisova, says he was glad to see coaches and players come together for his initiative to raise funds for tennis coaches who have been affected during the current pandemic.
As of now, more than $90,000 has been raised as fans have bid for sessionsin the first round of auctions. The second round of auctions is underway from July 6 to July 27 and some of the sessions that fans can bid for in the current round include a private coaching session with Andy Murray at Wimbledon, including two tickets to the 2020 men's singles final and lunch at the member's enclosure; sessions with players like Wawrinka, Dimitrov and Feliciano Lopez and coaches like Carlos Moya and Toni Nadal; and signed rackets from Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Murray.
Daniel Vallverdu and Andy Murray on his initiative to help coaches
Speaking to Reuters, Vallverdu said, "Nobody that I had called said no, so that was obviously quite uplifting in a way that everybody wanted to help.
I basically called them and said 'look let's start off with our coaches offering some of our time for next year and then I'll contact the tournaments and ATP to see how we can all work together to try and create some nice experiences as options'
It was really nice to see that everybody was pulling in the same direction and was extremely supportive of it. It's not normal in our sport to see everybody working together. The stronger message is that when we all work together, we can really achieve some big things for the sport."
Murray says he was happy to be involved in the effort. "I am personally very happy to be involved. So many areas of our sport have been affected throughout the Tour suspension, including coaches. It's important we help each other where we can."
Andy Murray is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, and former world No. 1. Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final, which made him the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles event.