Australian Sporting Aces Come Together To Help Victims Of Devastating Bushfires

Nick Kyrgios has called on Tennis Australia to host an exhibition to raise additional funds
10:40, 03 Jan 2020

Australia’s sports stars are joining forces to help those affected by the bushfires that have devastated the nation in recent weeks.

Tennis star and Canberra-born Nick Kyrgios will donate 200 Australian dollars (£106) for every ace he hits this month.

Compatriots Alex de Minaur and John Millman are following suit with the same pledge while Kyrgios, who kicked off the appeal via social media and is one of the big hitters on the Tour, averaging 16.6 aces per match last year, has called on Tennis Australia to host an exhibition to raise additional funds.

Chief executive Craig Tiley confirmed plans are being made for a tournament, as reported by BBC Sport.

"For weeks we've been watching the devastation caused by bushfires across Australia and the people affected are constantly in our thoughts," he said.

"We want to help these communities in a meaningful way and will announce a number of fund-raising and support initiatives that will be rolled out across the coming weeks."

Meanwhile, the ATP Challenger event Apis Canberra International set to start on January 6 will instead relocate to Bendigo.

Australia and New Zealand cricketers will wear black armbands when the two nations meet for the third Test in Sydney on Friday while there will be a minute’s applause for the country’s firefighters.

In a letter published by Australia’s Daily Telegraph, captain Tim Paine and Justin Langer said: "We pray conditions improve, the fires ease and the rains come.

“Above all else, we hope all Australians pull together and help each other through this incredibly difficult time."

Cricket Australia have announced their will be fund-raising during one-day matches against New Zealand in March for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

Team shirts from the Boxing Day Test victory will also be auctioned off.

Both the tennis and cricket this week could be affected by the smoke spreading and matches could be suspended depending on air quality and visibility.

At least 18 people have lost their lives during the bushfires.