Stefanos Tsitsipas, Nick Kyrgios and some of the biggest names in the world of tennis joined forces for ‘Rally for Relief’, a special charity event to raise money for the Australian bushfire relief.
In an extraordinary display of unity, the superstars of the game- Stefanos Tsitsipas, Nick Kyrgios, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacki, Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova, Coco Gauff, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, played at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, with all funds raised donated to the bushfire relief cause.
The opening was a bit of fun as players competed in a Fast4 format, before Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer went racket to racket for a singles battle!
Kyrgios put the pressure early on Federer, however after a nail bitting game, ‘the goat’ won 7-6.
After the match, Kyrgios spoke about his heartbreak of what has happening in Australia and how his tweet for donations per ace was to help out and raise awareness.
“It’s amazing, I’ve got goosebumps. I really appreciate the support,” Kyrgios stated.
Like the rest of the Australian summer of tennis, the ‘Rally for Relief’ was televised on Channel Nine.
“This unprecedented bushfire crisis is devastating people, properties, communities, livestock and animals across the country and our hearts go out to all those affected,” Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director, Craig Tiley said.
An astonishing $4,826,014 has so far been raised by the Australia Open during the summer of tennis.
“We felt it was vital we use all our events across the summer to make a meaningful contribution to help these people and communities rebuild their lives. The response from the tennis community – our players, clubs, partners and international tennis bodies – has been overwhelming and it’s wonderful to see everyone pull together,” he concluded.
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