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Tennis-Murray donates tournament prize money to help Ukrainian children

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 500 – Dubai Tennis Championships – Aviation Club Tennis Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 21, 2022 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates victory in his first round match against Australia’s Christopher O’Connell REUTERS/Suhaib Salem/File Photo

March 8, 2022

(Reuters) – Former world number one Andy Murray has said he will donate his prize money won at tennis tournaments in 2022 to aid efforts for children affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Two million people – mostly women and children – have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

“Over 7.5 million children are at risk from the escalating conflict in Ukraine,” UNICEF UK Ambassador Murray said on Twitter.

“Vital education continues, so UNICEF is working to provide displaced children with access to learning and to support the restoration of damaged schools and replacement equipment and furniture.

“I will be donating my earnings from my prize money for the rest of the year, but anyone in the UK can support UNICEF’s humanitarian work by donating to our appeal.”

The ATP, WTA, ITF and the four Grand Slams announced on Tuesday that they would jointly donate $700,000 to humanitarian aid and in support of the Tennis Federation of Ukraine.

Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray has been handed a wildcard for Indian Wells this month, his first tournament since reuniting with former coach Ivan Lendl.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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