“I promise to donate 100 euros for every ace I hit at Wimbledon to help support the people of Ukraine. Hope my feed works well! #Acesforaid,” the seventh seed announced on Twitter and Instagram.
Gurkach, 25, has often expressed his support for the Ukrainian people.
At 6’5″, Gurkacz’s serve is the backbone of his game. So far this season, he’s landed 452 aces in 39 matches – an average of over 11 per game – and is the third-highest aces on the ATP Tour behind only John Isner and Reilly Opelka.
Gurkach starts his tournament on Monday with a first-round match against Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokin.
The 25-year-old arrives at SW19 encouraged by winning his first title of the year – and his first on grass – last week at the Terra Wortmann Open after beating the world No. 1. 1 Daniil Medvedev 6-1 6-4 in the final.
Russian Medvedev will not compete in Wimbledon this year after tournament organizers banned Russian and Belarusian players from the competition following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In response, the ATP and WTA withdrew ranking points from the Grand Slam tournament.