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Bighearted Andy Murray will donate all Wimbledon winnings to Ukrainian war victims with £2m up for grabs

ANDY MURRAY will donate all his Wimbledon winnings to Ukrainian war victims.

The former world No. 1 is aiming for a third title at SW19 and tennis bosses are offering £2m for the men’s and women’s champions of 2022.

Andy Murray is coming to Wimbledon to train ahead of this year's competition

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Andy Murray is coming to Wimbledon to train ahead of this year’s competitionCredit: EPA

And whatever prize money the 35-year-old Scotsman earns over the next two weeks will be donated to the UNICEF charity to provide medical kits and supplies to war-weary children.

Murray, a father of four, felt compelled to act after seeing horrific images on TV and in newspapers of the atrocities inflicted on Ukraine by Russian forces since late February.

He said: “There are families and children who are trying to leave the country. There are also families whose houses are destroyed.

“For me, education was a pretty important thing to try to help kids in difficult situations.

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“What the money is used for changes almost weekly. I felt it was a good thing to do.

“It gives me a bit of extra motivation to try and perform well and win games. That’s why I decided to do it.”

Murray, who was beaten in the third round last year, meets Australian James Duckworth in the first round on Monday.

No Russians or Belarusians are competing at Wimbledon this year as they are banned due to Vladimir Putin’s murderous invasion of Ukraine.

Murray said: “I know the media is sometimes treated harshly by the public.

“But in this case, with the coverage and everything I had seen, what they did was amazing.

“It makes you feel like you want to do something or want to do something to help.

“And that felt like the best thing I could do. That’s why I did it.”

The All England Club and LTA are donating £250,000 to refugee aid through the Tennis Plays for Peace initiative and the British Red Cross Ukraine appeal.

Ukrainian refugees settled in Merton and Wandsworth counties have been invited to visit the site on Sunday 3 July.

Middle Sunday will see permanent play for the first time as they line up with the other three slams.

The Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK will be present in the Royal Lodge on the opening day.

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