Federer, Nadal kick in $170,000 for Australian bushfire relief

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Laver Cup – Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland – September 21, 2019 Group Europe’s Rafael Nadal is spoken to by means of Roger Federer all through his singles fit in opposition to Group 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 reduction efforts at a charity tournament on Wednesday within the leadup to the Australian Open.

Global primary Nadal made the announcement at Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Area all through the “Rally for Aid” tournament the place most sensible avid gamers together with Serena Williams and Australian Open protecting champion Novak Djokovic led fundraising efforts.

“Confidently that may stay inspiring the folks to enhance this horrible crisis that we’re going thru and is helping to get better all of the issues that we want,” Nadal mentioned 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 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 2d 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 reduction efforts.

Quite a lot of avid gamers have made particular person pledges together with American Williams who mentioned she would donate all her prize-money from successful a event in Auckland on Sunday.

Australian Nick Kyrgios has pledged A$200 for each and every ace he hits this month.

The Australian Open, the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months, begins in Melbourne on Monday.

Reporting by means of Ian Ransom; Modifying by means of Christian Radnedge

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