Some of the world’s greatest tennis gamers are set to be a part of forces and elevate funds for the bushfires which have devastated Australia.
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are among the many stars participating in AO Rally for Relief, a fundraiser exhibition match that may happen in Melbourne on Wednesday, January 15.
Australia has been ravaged by bushfires, with 27 lives misplaced throughout the nation, and 10.7 million hectares burnt.
According to an estimate from the University of Sydney, roughly one billion animals have been killed.
In Victoria, 353 houses and 548 different buildings have been misplaced, with 1.four million hectares have been burnt since November 21.
The Rally for Relief match is a part of the Aces for Bushfire Relief marketing campaign, an initiative that has seen $100 donated for each ace served on the ATP tournaments lately held in Australia.
“This unprecedented bushfire crisis is devastating people, properties, communities, livestock and animals across the country and our hearts go out to all those affected,” Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley mentioned in a press release.
“We felt it was vital we use all our events across the summer to make a meaningful contribution to help these people and communities rebuild their lives. The response from the tennis community—our players, clubs, partners and international tennis bodies—has been overwhelming and it’s wonderful to see everyone pull together.”
The Aces for Bushfire Relief initiative can even cowl the Australian Open, which is due to start on January 20. However, it might come below menace from poor air high quality.
On Tuesday, Dalila Jakupovic collapsed at Melbourne Park throughout her qualifying match towards Switzerland’s Stefanie Vögele with a coughing match and was subsequently pressured to retire.
Earlier in the day, observe on the complicated had been suspended due to the poor air high quality and Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard was pressured to name a number of medical timeouts throughout her qualifying match towards China’s Xiaodi You.
According to the Environmental Protection Authority, the air in Melbourne and surrounding areas in Victoria was the worst in the world on Tuesday.
Last week, Djokovic, who’s the ATP Player Council president, admitted gamers have been involved by potential well being hazards due to the poor air high quality.
“It is tough for them because the schedule has to be respected, the Australian Open starts at a certain time so there are a lot of things involved,” he mentioned.
“But a health concern is a health concern for anybody.”
Here’s all you want to know forward of Wednesday.
What is AO Rally for Relief?
Rally for Relief is an exhibition match that includes a number of the greatest gamers in world tennis and aimed toward elevating funds for the bushfire reduction trigger.
AO Rally for Relief is a part of the broader Aces for Bushfire Relief program, launched by Tennis Australia final week.
The initiative has seen $100 donated for each ace served on the ATP Cup matches in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney and on the Adelaide International, Brisbane International, Hobart International and Canberra International.
The Aces for Bushfire Relief marketing campaign can even apply to the Australian Open, which begins subsequent week.
When is AO Rally for Relief?
Rally for Relief is scheduled for 7 p.m. native time (three a.m. ET) on Wednesday, January 15.
The exhibition recreation will happen on the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, the identical venue that serves as the middle courtroom in the course of the Australian Open.
Which gamers are participating?
A bunch of tennis stars have confirmed they are going to be participating in the exhibition, together with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios.
Rally for Relief might be broadcast in the U.S. by ESPN2 from three a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15.
A reside stream might be out there by way of ESPN’s digital platforms, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
How to donate
Donations to the Australian Red Cross bushfire catastrophe reduction and restoration efforts could be made here, whereas donations to the WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund could be made here.
Donations to the NSW RFS directly benefit the volunteer firefighters on the frontline, whereas donations to the Victoria firefighters could be made by way of the state’s Country Fire Association here.
Funds to the web marketing campaign run by comic Celeste Barber, which has raised $35 million on the time of writing, can be made on Facebook.