Published: Sun, January 12, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australian bushfires: Roger Federer and Serena Williams sign up for relief exhibition

Australian bushfires: Roger Federer and Serena Williams sign up for relief exhibition

"... I think the players understand that this is not something that we can do anything about and they've been gracious and very cooperative".

The trio will participate in the fundraiser event at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne next week, said The Australian.

In addition, Tennis Australia has announced that it will provide $ 1 million to fix and rebuild tennis facilities that have been damaged or lost due to brush fire.

Other big names are Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacki, Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Tennis star Ashleigh Barty chose to donate her prize money from this week's Brisbane International to the Red Cross.

'For a period of about two-and-a-half hours we're going to be showcasing the game, but also coming together as a community to play our part in the relief effort. Kygrios pledged $140 for every ace he hit in future tournaments.

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Australian Open organizers have said that the tournament, scheduled to begin on January 20, will likely go ahead as planned despite initial fears that smoke blown over Melbourne from the fires could delay the start. You only need to donate $ 300 per couple.

The tournament has revealed they will play matches on indoor courts and close the roofs on the three showcourts if the pollution reaches risky levels.

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has auctioned the baggy green cap he wore throughout his test career, which has so far reached $343,000 (500,000 AUSD).

Wildfires have been raging across Australia for months, killing 23 people, burning about 6 million hectares (23,000 square miles) of bushland and killing a billion animals.

Tennis has already been active in its support for the cause, with 100$AU donated for every ace served at the ATP Cup, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic each donating $25,000, and Simona Halep pledging $200 for every time she rants at her Australian coach Darren Cahill.

Nine Australian basketball stars playing in the NBA including Ben Simmons, Jonah Bolden and Patty Mills have partnered with the NBA and NBA Players Association Foundation to contribute $1.1 million towards relief and recovery efforts.

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