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Novak Djokovic donates Italian Open winnings to flood-relief efforts in Serbia

Novak Djokovic dedicated his Italian Open title to his native Serbia. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic has donated his entire Italian Open title prize money to his foundation to help flood-relief efforts in Serbia, the ATP announced Tuesday.

Djokovic, ranked No. 2 in the world, rallied to beat Rafael Nadal, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, on Sunday to win his third title in Rome.

After the match, he drew a heart on the clay with his racket and dedicated the win to his native Serbia.

“This heart on the court is for you,” he told the fans in Italian during the victory celebration (via Associated Press). “It’s also a special dedication to my country, which is suffering a lot right now. My heart is with them.”

Last week’s historic floods in Serbia and Bosnia has claimed at least 44 deaths and recovery is expected to cost several billion dollars.

Djokovic’s Italian Open winnings are worth $749,934.

Additionally, $600,000 has been raised for the reconstruction of schools in Serbia, according to his foundation’s Web site.

Kelyn Soong is a news aide, blogger and reporter in the sports section. He currently covers high school and local tennis and has written about a variety of sports.



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