Kyrgios will donate $ 140 for each ace to help alleviate the forest fire

Sydney, January 3 (AFP) Nick Kyrgios has promised Aus $ 200 (US $ 140) for each ace he serves in the Australian tennis summer to support forest fire victims across the country, and Friday's ATP Cup It also promises help.

The Australian temperamental, a controversial figure in sports with a bad boy reputation, has been at the forefront of support among players to help.

I am starting support for those affected by the fires. I'm going to donate $ 200 for what I got in all the events I play this summer, the 24-year-old tweeted, who received a 16-week suspended ban in September after a series of outbursts.

His Australian teammate in the inaugural ATP Cup Alex de Minaur was a better one.

I like this, I will go to $ 250 per ace, just because I don't think I have as many aces as your partner, he replied.

The fires have claimed 18 lives and forced mass evacuations, and the country is expected to prepare for a weekend heatwave to stoke the deadly hells.

Kyrgios, who will also play the Kooyong Classic and the Australian Grand Slam Open this month, issued a call to raise funds for fire victims, which led Australian tennis chief Craig Tiley to get on board.

We want to help these communities significantly and we will announce a series of fundraising and support initiatives that will be implemented at the ATP Cup, the Australian Open and our other events in the coming weeks, Tiley said.

The fires have been a great topic of conversation before the 24-team ATP Cup, which begins Friday in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney with the most important names, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Tournament director Tom Larner announced that each ace served in the 10-day event would deliver Aus $ 100 for forest fire relief.

The initiative is expected to raise around Aus $ 150,000, and more than 1,500 aces are expected to be sent during the duration of the tournament from January 3 to 12.

Communities across the country have been devastated by the forest fire crisis and at this time of the year, with our events in full swing, tennis has a unique opportunity to support relief and recovery efforts, he said.

Most players are already eager to score aces and earn a quick point, and having the opportunity to raise money for the appeal of wildfires will give them a little more motivation.

ATP Cup officials will depend on medical experts at the site to control air quality in Sydney, where cricket and golf events have been affected by the haze of fires in recent weeks. However, players have said they were not worried about smoke conditions. (AFP) APA APA