Tennis stars and cricket support the relief of forest fires in Australia
SYDNEY: tennis and cricket stars headed by Nick Kyrgios & Chris Lynn On Friday he promised support to the victims of the forest fires that plague Australia, donating cash for every ace or six they hit.
The blazes have claimed 18 lives & forced mass evacuations, with the country bracing for a weekend heatwave expected to fan the deadly infernos.
Kyrgios, a controversial figure with a bad boy reputation, has been at the forefront of rallying support & pledged Aus$200 (US$140) for each ace he serves across the Australian summer of tennis, starting with the ATP Cup which began Friday.
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 ban on the ban in September after a series of outbursts.
His Australian teammate in the inaugural ATP Cup Alex de Minaur was a better one.
Me gusta esto, iré a $ 250 por as, solo porque no creo que tenga tantos ases como tu compañero, respondió, & la veterana australiana Samantha Stosur también prometió $ 200 por as.
Kyrgios, who will also play the Kooyong Classic & the Australian Open This month, Thursday issued a call to raise funds for fire victims, which prompted Australian tennis chief Craig Tiley to get on board.
"We want to help these communities in a meaningful way & will announce a number of fund raising & support initiatives that will be rolled out across the ATP Cup, Australian Open & our other events over the coming weeks," said Tiley.
The fires have been a big talking point ahead of the 24-team ATP Cup, which is being staged in Brisbane, Perth & Sydney with top names including Novak Djokovic & Rafael Nadal Playing.
Tournament director Tom Larner announced that each ace served in the 10-day event would deliver Aus $ 100 for forest fire relief.
Se pronostica que la iniciativa recaudará alrededor de Aus $ 150,000, & se espera que se envíen más de 1,500 ases durante el torneo del 3 al 12 de enero.
"Most of the players are already keen to score aces & win a quick point, & having the chance to raise money for the bushfire appeal will give them that extra bit of motivation," he said.
It is feared that the fog of smoke may affect the tournament in Sydney, with officials who rely on medical experts on site to control air quality, although there were no concerns on Friday.
The third cricket Test in Sydney between Australia & New Zealand is also monitoring for smoke, with players wearing black armbands Friday as a mark of respect for those who have died.
Two of the biggest hitters in the game, Lynn & Glenn Maxwell, announced they would donate $250 for every six they smash during the ongoing Big Bash League Twenty20 tournament.
Hi guys, for every six I hit in the Big Bash League this year, I will donate $ 250 for the Red Cross Fire Campaign, Lynn tweeted.
"It is special to see so many athletes from various sports getting in behind the real heroes who are fighting to save lives & properties around our country."
Maxwell, again in action after a brief sabbatical of mental health, replied: I love Lynny! I will match you with $ 250 for every six I earn in this year BBL.
D'Arcy Short, who was added last week to the Australian team for his next day tour of India, also joined the same commitment.