FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Laver Cup – Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland – September 21, 2019 Staff Europe’s Rafael Nadal is spoken to via Roger Federer all over his singles fit in opposition to Staff Global’s Milos Raonic REUTERS/Pierre Albouy
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal pledged A$250,000 ($172,000) in opposition to the Australian bushfire aid efforts at a charity match on Wednesday within the leadup to the Australian Open.
Global primary Nadal made the announcement at Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Enviornment all over the “Rally for Reduction” match the place most sensible avid gamers together with Serena Williams and Australian Open protecting champion Novak Djokovic led fundraising efforts.
“Optimistically that can stay inspiring the folk to beef up this horrible crisis that we’re going via and is helping to recuperate all of the issues that we want,” Nadal stated on court docket after an exhibition fit.
Australia is experiencing considered one of its worst bushfire seasons on file, with fires burning for months and killing 28 other folks, destroying greater than 2,500 properties and razing forests and farmland the dimensions of Bulgaria.
Smoke from bushfires blanketed Melbourne in a thick, grey haze on Wednesday sooner than a clearing rain-storm, disrupting the Australian Open’s qualifying fits for a 2nd successive day.
The ATP on Sunday pledged $500,000 to the WWF Australian Natural world and Nature Restoration Fund as a part of the bushfire aid efforts.
Quite a lot of avid gamers have made particular person pledges together with American Williams who stated she would donate all her prize-money from profitable a event in Auckland on Sunday.
Australian Nick Kyrgios has pledged A$200 for each ace he hits this month.
The Australian Open, the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months, begins in Melbourne on Monday.
Reporting via Ian Ransom; Modifying via Christian Radnedge