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Rally for Relief—Federer, Nadal, Serena support Australia bushfire aid

Rally for Relief—Federer, Nadal, Serena support Australia bushfire aid

The proceeds from the charity event, held in Rod Laver Arena on January 15, will go to the bushfire relief efforts.

Tennis icons Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, among other champions of the sport, will headline a charity event in Melbourne to raise funds for Australia’s bushfire relief.

The Rally for Relief event will be held in Rod Laver Arena on the evening of January 15, just ahead of the Australian Open, announced by Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley. The proceeds from ticket sales will go to the bushfire relief efforts.

“This unprecedented bushfire crisis is devastating people, properties, communities, livestock and animals across the country and our hearts go out to all those affected,” said Tiley. “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.”

The raging wildfires have claimed at least 24 lives, and more than 2,000 have been destroyed or damaged in New South Wales alone, according to CNN.

Also taking part are Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacki, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios. Last week, Kyrgios—whose hometown of Canberra is one of the most-affected cities—pledged $200 ($140 USD) for every ace he hits at upcoming tournaments. A number of other players have tweeted similar contributions.

Maria Sharapova pledged $25,000, and also asked Novak Djokovic to match her donation:

Australian native and world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will donate her entire Brisbane prize money:

World No. 2 Karolina Pliskova will donate $200 for every ace she hits during her Australian Open stay:

The Australian Open kicks off January 20.