AO Rally For Relief: the best tennis stars in the world join forces to raise funds

The best tennis stars in the world on Wednesday night gathered to alleviate forest fires in a special work in Melbourne to raise the money and the Australian spirits they needed so much.

But it was the volunteer firefighters who stole the show, the heroes enjoyed a five-minute ovation.

In the fun and supportive spirit of the night, superstar Rafael Nadal got the CFA Victorian member Deb Borg to go out with him.

With more than $ 4.8 million raised for the cause, Nadal revealed that he and Roger Federer had decided to donate $ 250,000 of their own cash to help cope with the “terrible disaster.”

Kyrgios said: “Seeing all the firemen here, it’s emotional, it’s fun,” he said.

half_cameraSerena Williams with Novak Djokovic at Rod Laver Arena. Image: Michael Klein
Stefanos Tsitsipas clashes all five with Caroline Wozniacki. Image: Getty Images
half_cameraStefanos Tsitsipas clashes all five with Caroline Wozniacki. Image: Getty Images
Rafael Nadal in Rod Laver Arena. Image: Getty Images
half_cameraRafael Nadal in Rod Laver Arena. Image: Getty Images

Former Australian Open World Champion number 1 and 2018, Caroline Wozniacki, said players from around the world wanted to show their support for a country that “had been through a lot.”

“We all love Australia and we all want to help as much as we can,” he said.

Kylie Minogue sent messages of support that were played on large screens in the fundraiser last night. “I’m sorry I can’t be with you tonight,” he said through a video link.

“I just wanted to say that I am so moved and amazed by the way Australians have come together to help those in need right now.” Your support and donations mean a lot, a lot. ”

Timely, with a backdrop of photos of brave firefighters, the night opened with a moving interpretation of the Australian classic. Throw your arms around me by former Hunters and Collectors leader Mark Seymour and Vika and Linda Bull.

With a multitude of capacity of almost 15,000 singing, the song offered an adequate description of the Australians gathering around theirs in a time of need.

Petra Kvitova, Rafael Nadal and Noval Djokovic. Image: Michael Klein
half_cameraPetra Kvitova, Rafael Nadal and Noval Djokovic. Image: Michael Klein
Carloine Wozniacki takes a selfie with Coco Gauff and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Image: Michael Klein
half_cameraCarloine Wozniacki takes a selfie with Coco Gauff and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Image: Michael Klein

In a tribute that is expected to raise global awareness about the forest fire disaster, volunteer firefighters received the best seats in the house and joined former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov in his own private section at Rod Laver Arena .

The current champion of the Australian Open and seven times Novak Djokovic and his fellow stars Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Petra Kvitova swaggered on the central court. And, after mixed doubles matches and fundraising efforts, Federer and Australian Nick Kyrgios faced off in a singles match that fans expect to be repeated when the Grand Slam starts on Monday.

Rafael Nadal clashes the five with his partner, CFA firefighter Deb Borg. Image: Michael Klein
half_cameraRafael Nadal clashes the five with his partner, CFA firefighter Deb Borg. Image: Michael Klein
Deb and Rafa enjoyed every moment. Image: Getty
half_cameraDeb and Rafa enjoyed every moment. Image: Getty
Caroline Wozniacki and Coco Gauff. Image: Getty Images
half_cameraCaroline Wozniacki and Coco Gauff. Image: Getty Images
The stars joined in fundraising for the Rally for Relief campaign. Image: Michael Klein
half_cameraThe stars joined in fundraising for the Rally for Relief campaign. Image: Michael Klein

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All the money will go to the Victorian government’s forest fire relief fund.

Tennis Australia is also raising money for the Red Cross, through a “Bushfire Relief Campaign” with $ 100 donated for each ace served during the summer of tennis. More than $ 2.8 million has already been raised.

All proceeds from Sunday’s AO Live Stage concert, with Jessica Mauboy, Montaigne and Lily Papas, will go to Bush’s Red Cross appeal.

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