With the island country of Australia ravaged by the wildfires, it has resulted in the destruction of 1,300 houses. Also, a total of 24 people have died. People all over the world are doing their bit to raise funds for the bushfire calamity which also involves the tennis players to a major extent. Maria Sharapova has pledged to donate US $17,400 (A$ 25,000) for Australia’s bushfire relief. Also, she urged World Number two Novak Djokovic for the same.
The month of January in Australia has been my 🏠 for the past 15 years. Watching the fires destroy the lands, it’s beautiful families and communities of animals is deeply💔. I would like to begin my donation at 25K. @DjokerNole, would you match my donation?🙏🏻 #letsallcometogether
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) January 5, 2020
Following Sharapova’s tweet, the World Number two Djokovic responded.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 6, 2020
Previously the Serbian tennis ace also expressed his kind gesture of the disaster in the island country of Australia.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 3, 2020
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has received a wildcard to feature at Brisbane International 2020. She will face a qualifier in her first-round clash. If she secures a win, the Russian will set up a clash against the top-seed Ashleigh Barty.
Ash Barty to donate Brisbane’s prize money
World Number one tennis player from Australia Ashleigh Barty will be donating her WTA Brisbane International’s prize money to the Australian Red Cross.
"It's a really tough time because tennis is a sport. It's a game we play, and there are certainly a lot of bigger things going on in Australia right now that we need to take care of.”
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) January 5, 2020
Happy to see the @atptour & @ATPCup step up with this great way to help those affected by the bushfires in Australia. I’m definitely going to work even harder for those aces knowing each one will help this cause 💪 https://t.co/YeSDSFKe2W
— Kevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP) January 2, 2020
Everything started here
The fund-raising wave in tennis was kick-started by the Australian Nick Kyrgios. He will be donating A$200 for every ace he hits during the Australian summer. Following that numerous tennis players joined the movement.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 2, 2020
His Australians colleagues
— alex de minaur (@alexdeminaur) January 2, 2020
— John Millman (@johnhmillman) January 2, 2020
The former US Open champion Samantha Stosur also joins the fund-raising campaign.
For every ACE I serve over the Aussie summer I’ll donate $200 to the bushfire relief to help raise funds to the families, firefighters and animals who are affected by this disaster. Please join me in any way you can #ausfires #ClimateEmegency #AustralianFires
— Samantha Stosur (@bambamsam30) January 2, 2020
World Number two Karolina Pliskova will donate A$200 for every ace she hits during the Australian summer. In Brisbane, the second seed will open against the victor of Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Priscilla Hon.
Heyy Aussies! I love your country so I decided to join the
Aussies players and donate 200 dollars for every ace I hit during my stay in Australia to support and help all the victims of the fires. Let’s get some aces going! pic.twitter.com/5adQTWrcCR
— Karolina Pliskova (@KaPliskova) January 4, 2020
The American Amanda Anisimova will be playing in Auckland and she will be opening against Kateryna Kozlova from Ukraine.
So heartbreaking seeing what’s happening in Australia. My heart goes out to everyone out there 💔 for every ace I serve over the Australian summer I will be donating $150 💪🏼
— Amanda Anisimova (@AnisimovaAmanda) January 5, 2020