Tennis star to boost cash for Ukraine with each ace he hits at Wimbledon

“I’m pledging to donate 100 euros for each ace I hit at Wimbledon to assist help the folks of Ukraine. Hope my serve works properly! #acesforaid,” the seventh seed introduced on Twitter and Instagram.

Hurkacz, 25, has regularly expressed his help for the Ukrainian folks.

“My coronary heart is with Ukraine,” he wrote on Instagram in February, captioning an image of himself on the Dubai Obligation Free Tennis Championships and an image of the Ukrainian and Polish flags held aloft side-by-side within the crowd.

At 6ft 5, Hurkacz’s serve types the premise of his sport. Thus far this season he has hit 452 aces in 39 matches — a median of greater than 11 per match — and the third-highest quantity within the ATP Tour, behind solely John Isner and Reilly Opelka.

At Wimbledon final yr, his serve was displayed in its full pressure on a run to the semifinals that included 54 aces in his six matches, earlier than he was finally defeated by Matteo Berrettini.

Hurkacz begins his event on Monday with a primary spherical match in opposition to Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The 25-year-old arrives at SW19 buoyed by successful his first title of the yr — and his first on grass — final week on the Terra Wortmann Open after defeating world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev 6-1 6-Four within the ultimate.

Russia’s Medvedev won’t be competing at Wimbledon this yr after event organizers banned Russian and Belarusian gamers following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The ATP and WTA retaliated by eradicating rankings factors from the grand slam.

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