Tennis stars raise A$5 million for Australian bushfire charity

Tanya Simon
January 17, 2020

The brilliant night was the brainchild of Aussie star Nick Kyrgios who tweeted out to the Australian Open to put the night on and in the end saw a staggering sum of AU$4,826,014 (NZ$5,044,979) being raised for the Australian Bushfire relief.

However, the Serbian has been backed to overcome the Swiss star and meet 19-time Grand Slam victor Nadal at the end of the tournament.

Naomi Osaka is having a little fun in Australia, posting a picture on Instagram of her and Serena Williams.

'This was definitely an incredible kick off.

The ageless Federer, 38, is up against American Steve Johnson in the third quarter of the men's draw as he targets a seventh Australian Open title, winning his last in 2018.

'You guys as a guys are the way to do it, you all come together for other people and I think that's a true inspiration for other countries around the world watching this right now'. The reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion and world number two joins an exceptional peloton that includes eight-time champion Roger Federer, who won a year ago and won his 100th career title.

"It's been hard to watch", Federer said.

With select firefighters and emergency personnel looking on from courtside seats, Kyrgios saved two set points before Federer prevailed in an entertaining encounter.

But a competitive hit-out wasn't really his goal, he said. But I had my moment and I always said everything that comes after 15 was, anyway, a bonus.

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That was never more clear than in last year's final when he routed Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 with a devastating display that left the Mallorcan and the Rod Laver Arena terraces stunned.

Kyrgios said the last couple of weeks have been 'emotional'. "I would have taken one more Slam, and I was able to get three more - and three fantastic ones".

"So if Novak is in decent form, I think he is by far the favourite to win the Australian Open because he knows how to, he's done it so many times".

Everyone came together tonight.

Australia is experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons on record, with fires burning for months and killing 28 people, destroying more than 2,500 homes and razing forests and farmland the size of Bulgaria.

Schnur described how tough it was during his qualifying matches describing the feeling like smoking a cigarette.

The ATP on Sunday pledged $500,000 to the WWF Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund as part of the bushfire relief efforts.

Williams pledged the winnings from her first title victory in almost three years at the Auckland Classic.

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