Federer, Nadal kick in $170000 for Australian bushfire relief

16 Janvier, 2020, 10:10 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Djokovic recorded a ninth consecutive hard-court win over world number one Rafa Nadal on Sunday as Serbia were crowned champions at the inaugural ATP Cup team event in Sydney

The money raised by this match was given to Australian Open's Rally for Relief to aid wildfire charities.

"And that's we're all here tonight to support and help out".

The 20-time grand-slam victor took on Kyrgios as the centrepiece of Wednesday night's event and prevailed 7-6 (8-6).

Local player Nick Kyrgios raised A$1,600 (£954) in aces alone at Wednesday's Rally for Relief.

"Twenty years this has been my home and I've had so many great matches on this court and in this country", said Williams, whose young daughter Alexis Olympia was thrilled to meet some firefighters this week.

"But these kind of team competitions are really truly special and I'm personally over the cloud with my emotions, and hopefully I can take that positive energy and use it for Australian Open".

"What I wanted to do was raise awareness, raise money and tell people to still come and travel to Australia because people probably think around the world that you can't right now", Federer said.

'And to have some fun, have a hit with Nick. we get along very well.

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Federer also paired up with Nadal to donate A$ 250,000 from their own pockets too help with bushfire relief.

'We've had some epic matches over the years and this was fun.it wasn't about winning and losing'. "It was emotional", Kyrgios, an Australian native, said. "I think it was a hard-fought victory today and I hope to get more of these", Bencic said.

Australia is experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons on record, with fires burning for months and killing 28 people, destroying more than 2,500 homes and razing forests and farmland the size of Bulgaria.

That has included personal pledges and Aus$100 for each ace hit during the Australian tennis swing.

"What I wanted to do was raise awareness, raise money, and tell people to still go to Australia because people around the world are probably thinking that you are now unable to", said Federer.

The ATP on Sunday pledged $500,000 to the WWF Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund as part of the bushfire relief efforts.

The fundraiser comes just days before the Australian Open main tournament begins on Monday (20 January), although there are growing concerns poor air quality in Melbourne from Victoria and New South Wales' bushfire smoke could disrupt play.

Williams pledged the winnings from her first title victory in almost three years at the Auckland Classic.

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