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Coronavirus: Roger Federer donates £860,000 to aid Switzerland’s fight against pandemic

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Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, have donated one million Swiss Francs (£860,000) to aid vulnerable families during the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Switzerland is one of the worst affected nations, with over 10,000 confirmed cases of the disease, and the 20-time Grand Slam champion hopes high-profile sports stars will continue to follow suit.

Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi have each donated €1m (£914,000) to help clinics and medical centres in Barcelona, while Bayern Munich teammates Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have all made significant contributions to support those in Germany. Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes, have also donated around €1m worth of essential medical equipment to hospital wards in Portugal.

“These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind,” Federer wrote on Twitter.

“Mirka and I have personally decided to donate 1m Swiss francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland.

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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