Ice, Ice Djokovic Completes #IceBucketChallenge
by ATP Staff|
Novak Djokovic has taken the #IceBucketChallenge to #StrikeOutALS.
The Serbian had been nominated by a handful of individuals, including One Direction’s Niall Horan on Monday, and accepted the challenge Tuesday.
“Hello everybody, I want to thank all the good people for helping spread awareness about this noble cause,” he said, before challenging Michael Jordan, Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) and Austrian singer Conchita Wurst.
Djokovic paused to do a little dance to “Ice, Ice Baby” in preparation, and continued the dance after being drenched with the icy water.
Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 19, 2014
“I’m proud to donate and be part of this great movement to defeat the disease,” Djokovic added in a Faceook post.
Grigor Dimitrov also added his name to the fast-growing list of players who have completed the #IceBucketChallenge, receiving assistance from coach Roger Rasheed and golfer Greg Norman. Earlier, Rasheed and Dimitrov had poured a bucket of ice over Norman, in response to Tommy Haas' nomination.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have yet to complete the #IceBucketChallenge, after respectively being nominated over the weekend by celebrity friends Gavin Rossdale and Ben Stiller. Golfer Tiger Woods also challenged Nadal on Tuesday.
The #IceBucketChallenge has soaked the United States over the past month, with the ALS Association receiving $15.6 million in donations, compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year.
ALS has affected the tennis family in recent years. Former ATP Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett passed away on 3 May, 2013, after his battle with the disease, which has no cure. Former ATP pro Jerome Golmard is currently fighting the disease, and WTA staff member Angie Cunningham has also been diagnosed.