One of the biggest waiters on the ATP circuit is Australian Nick Kyrgios. Outraged by the terrible fires raging in his country, he decided to use his best weapon to raise funds. Other players are following suit.
The tennis world, which traditionally begins its season in Australia, will raise funds for the victims of fires in the island continent, after a call to that effect Thursday from Nick Kyrgios.
“Come on @TennisAustralia! We can surely organize an exhibition before the @ AustralianOpen to raise funds for the victims of the fires ”, tweeted the player of 20 years best known for his bloodshed on the courts, which earned him a suspension from 16 suspended week end of September. Kyrgios has thus promised to pay 200 Australian dollars per ace (16 per average match) during the entire tour will finish at the Australian Open (20 January to February 2), summer in Australia.
I'm kicking off the support for those affected by the fires. I'll be donating $ 200 per ace that I hit across all the events I play this summer. #MoreToCome #StayTuned
– Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 2, 2020
Following, Alex de Minaur decided to pay 250 dollars per ace and that John Millman goes there for 100 dollars.
In the process, the head of the Australian Federation Craig Tiley announced the organization of “a number of fundraisers and support operations during the ATP Cup, the Australian Open (18 January – February 2) and other events in the coming weeks “, the money being donated to the Australian Red Cross. Approximately 1 500 aces will be struck during this period.
Since the start of the fire season, in early September, at least 18 people died in Australia and thousands more had to evacuate their homes in the face of rising flames. Fires are the subject of major discussions before the ATP Cup, team competition which begins Friday in Brisbane (East), Perth (West) and Sydney (South-East) , whose air is polluted by a cloud of toxic smoke caused by these fires. The organizers have announced that medical experts will monitor the playing conditions and that the matches will be suspended if necessary.
“We are of course concerned about this (the fires), but we are all ready to play” said Bulgarian captain Grigor Dimitrov. “So far, we haven't suffered that much from the air quality. I think it should be good for matches, “added Belgian David Goffin. World number 2 Novak Djokovic, who will play the group stage in Brisbane with Serbia , sent a message of support on Twitter after visiting a sanctuary for koalas. “It’s very sad to know that people and animals lost their homes in the fires. My thoughts and support go out to all the victims, “he wrote.