Sydney: Some of the world’s top tennis stars, including Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, have agreed to play in an exhibition match to raise funds for Australia’s bushfire relief.
Other big names lined up to participate include Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacki, Nick Kyrgios, and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
All funds raised from the two-and-a-half hour event on January 15 at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena – called AO Rally for Relief – will be donated to the relief cause, with tickets priced at $54.
The event is part of the Aces for Bushfire Relief program, in which Tennis Australia is donating $A100 for every ace served at the ATP Cup in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. Many players have also pledged individually, with French Open champion Ashleigh Barty donating her Brisbane International prize money to the cause.
Tennis Australia, the country’s governing body on tennis, organized the Australia Open Rally for Relief match as part of its larger Aces for Bushfire Relief program, which launched last week in response to the fires. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Australia’s bushfire relief. The match takes place five days before the Australia Open.