Andy Murray To Donate £50 For Every Ace He Hits To Help Children In Refugee Crisis
“After I saw the recent images on the news, I felt I had to do something to help the millions of children and their families who have been forced to flee their homes.”
Andy Murray has announced he will donate £50 to the children’s charity Unicef for every ace he hits from now until the end of the year.
Every ace the world No 3 hits will support Unicef's work with children fleeing conflict and disaster, including those caught up in the refugee crisis, the charity said.
"After I saw the recent images on the news, I felt I had to do something to help the millions of children and their families who have been forced to flee their homes," Murray said.
"I'll get that little bit more satisfaction from each ace I hit knowing that it will be helping Unicef keep children safe."
Tennis governing bodies the ATP and the LTA, and one of Murray’s sponsors, Standard Life, have said they will match the 28-year-old’s pledge – meaning each ace will actually be worth £200.
The British star has urged tennis fans around the world to support Unicef's work and asked them to donate through his JustGiving page.
The page currently has a target of £15,000.
Unicef UK executive director David Bull said: "The conflict in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on the lives of children, both in the region and beyond. The fear, the lack of opportunity and loss of hope has forced thousands of families to make the dangerous journey to Europe.
"The support of Andy and his fans, and the wider tennis community, can help us continue to provide support for children whenever and however disaster strikes."
Murray was knocked out in the fourth round of the US Open earlier this month.
In his four matches, Murray hit 64 aces, Sky News reported. That number would have raised £12,800.
Murray is next in action on Friday during Great Britain's Davis Cup semi-final against Australia in Glasgow.