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Novak Djokovic donates prize money from Italian Open to Serbia flood relief

The Novak Djokovic Foundation has raised approximately $600,000 for relief in Serbia and Bosnia. (Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images) The Novak Djokovic Foundation has raised approximately $600,000 for relief in Serbia and Bosnia. (Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images)

After rallying to defeat top-ranked Rafael Nadal (4-6, 6-3, 6-3) in the finals of the Italian Open in Rome on Sunday, tennis star Novak Djokovic has decided to donate his prize winnings from the tournament -- roughly $500,000 -- to his foundation to help flood relief in his native Serbia, according to the ATP. 

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Heavy rains plagued the region with flooding from May 14-16, with reportedly upwards of 40 people dead and some 1.6 million others affected by the flooding.

According to the website for the Novak Djokovic Foundation, another $100,000 has been donated by random people via PayPal, bringing the total to approximately $600,000 that will go toward the relief in that region. The money will go in part toward reconstructing schools and Kindergartens affected by the severe weather.

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