Mark Ein, the director of the Citi Open competition, has declared that during this year’s ATP 250 event in Washington, the tournament will match Andy Murray‘s donations to Ukraine. One of the first athletes to criticize Russia’s conduct in Ukraine was Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner.
Murray announced in March that he would donate all of his prize money for the remainder of 2022 to help Ukrainian children who were impacted by the war. The 35-year-old Murray will participate in this week’s Citi Open in Washington. Murray was referred to be “inspirational” by tournament director Ein, and the event intends to equal his contributions to Ukraine.
According to Tennis Majors, Ein stated that the announcement by Andy Murray at the start of the year that he would donate all of his prize money to UNICEF for the benefit of Ukrainian children “truly encouraged all of us involved in the sport and sports more generally.”
“It really encouraged me and got me thinking — I believe it was in Miami where I first met you — that if Andy were to move here, we would want to equal both his donation and his earnings. That’s what we’re doing.
We simply wanted to let you know that we’ll match any donations Andy makes to UNICEF here.
Murray will run for office in Washington once more.
In 2006, Murray made his Washington debut, competing all the way to the championship match before falling to Arnaud Clement.
After losing to Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first round of the 2015 Washington Open, it was nine years until Murray was back on the city’s hard courts. In 2018, Murray advanced to the Washington quarterfinal before being obliged to allow Alex de Minaur a walkover.
Murray will now make his fourth trip to Washington and participate in the competition for the first time since 2018. Murray‘s first-round opponent will be Mikael Ymer.