The ATP in a great solidarity act donates AU$ 725,000 in Aid of Australian Bushfire Relief Efforts
The donation of the association of the tennis players themselves was revealed by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the Ken Rosewall Arena during the closing ceremony of the recent ATP Cup.
Andrea Gaudenzi, president of the ATP, had some important things to say: “Australia plays host to the ATP Tour every January in such an incredible way, and more so than ever this year with the first edition of the ATP Cup. The devastation that we have seen across the country from the bushfires has been heart-breaking. The whole sport has come together to lend its support, especially the players who feel such a strong affinity with this great country. On behalf of all the players, the ATP is pleased to be able to play its part and we will continue to work with Tennis Australia on upcoming initiatives as the sport rallies together to support the relief efforts.”
The president of the ATP Players Council, Djokovic, said: “Australia is such an amazing and welcoming country and it feels like home for us at the start of each season. To see the damage to wildlife and nature from the bushfires has been devastating. This donation with the ATP is on behalf of all the players and our thoughts and support go out to all those who have been affected.”
Many of the ATP stars, including Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios, will participate on Wednesday in an exhibition at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena to raise funds that will be donated to bushfire relief cause.
The # Aces4BushfireRelief campaign has made many tennis players want to contribute in some way to help with the relief efforts.
And any fan can make a donation for the Australia bush relief effort to the Australian Red Cross through the website www.redcross.org.au/tennis
Tennis Australia, has donated a sum of AU$ 132,200, about 82,000 euros, which come out of the 1,322 aces registered throughout the ATP Cup. And Kyrgios, individually, has donated money for his 69 aces achieved. The Australian star has been the tennis player who has made the most number of aces in the competition.