Hubert Gurkacz promises to raise money for Ukraine with every ace at Wimbledon

“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.

“My heart is with Ukraine,” he wrote on Instagram in February, captioning a photo of himself at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship and a photo of the Ukrainian and Polish flags hoisted side by side in the crowd.

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 defeated Roger Federer at last year's Wimbledon in the quarterfinals.
At Wimbledon last year, his serve showed his full strength on the way to the semi-finals, which included 54 aces in his six matches before he eventually became defeated by Matteo Berrettini.

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.