WTA’s top-ranked Swiss player Belinda Bencic joins the list of tennis professionals for contributing their bit for the bushfires in Australia. She mentioned that she isn’t specialized in hitting aces but she often commits doubles faults. Hence World Number eight Bencic has decided to donate A$200 for each double fault she hits at Adelaide’s event and Australian Open 2020.
The Swiss player also recommended World Number seven Alexander Zverev to join the ‘double fault’ campaign with her. “Will you join me?” Bencic asked Zverev. Sascha played three matches in 2020 (at ATP Cup) and has hit a total of 31 doubles faults till now.
Belinda Bencic’s message
“I’m on my way to beautiful Australia and my heart is crying reading the news every day. It’s devastating to see what is going on with the bushfires and it needs to stop!!! I have already donated but will donate more in my upcoming tournaments in Adelaide and the Australian Open. Although I’m not the best at hitting aces but much better at double faults, I will donate 200$ for each double fault I hit at the next tournaments! Like that, I won’t be angry with myself when I hit one and finally, they will be useful,” Bencic posted.
The top-seed at Shenzhen Open 2020 Belinda Bencic lost her first-round match to Anna Blinkova after committing seven double faults in the match.
Simona Halep’s contribution
Prior to Bencic, Simona Halep pledged to donate A$200 every time she gives a tough time to coach Darren Cahill during her matches in Australia.
Well guys, you know I love Australia, but you also know I don't hit too many aces 😜
Sooo I want to help and my pledge is this… every time I give @darren_cahill a hard time in my box during all my matches in Aus, I will donate $200.
This way I will raise a lot more money ❤️🇦🇺
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) January 5, 2020
Hometown hero’s donation
World Number one tennis player from Australia Ashleigh Barty will be donating her WTA Brisbane International’s prize money to the Australian Red Cross. The top-seed at Brisbane, Barty will play the American qualifier Jennifer Brady in the pre-quarterfinals of the tournament.
The fund-raising wave in tennis for the Australian bushfires was kick-started by the Aussie player 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. At ATP Cup 2020 Kyrgios has hit 45 aces so far.
ATP Cup’s Bit
In addition to that, the ATP Cup 2020 tournament will be donating A$100 to the Australian Red Cross for every ace slammed in the tournament. The men’s event is expected to raise more than A$150,000 amount for the bushfire victims.