Powerful fires have been raging for four months in Australia, causing unprecedented damage and the evacuation of many families. Tennis is mobilized to help the victims, in particular the player from Canberra, Nick Kyrgios.
The fires are still ravaging Australia with already more than 18 dead reported since September. And the sports world is starting to mobilize to help the population and raise funds, like several tennis players who are currently participating in the ATP Cup, a team tennis competition. At the origin of this movement of solidarity, the Australian player Nick Kyrgios, in tears Friday January 3, when talking about what is happening in his country.
“It's pretty sad, it's tough.”
– ATPCup (@ATPCup) January 3, 2020
He announced it the day before on social networks: for each ace scored during this tournament, Nick Kyrgios to donate $ 200 to fire victim assistance associations. A call widely relayed by other players and which has been heard by the organization of the ATP Cup which hopes to be able to give more than 150,000 dollars at the end of the competition.
And Friday, after his victory and his 20 aces scored, the player could not hold back his tears when talking about the situation in his country. “In my hometown of Canberra, we look the most toxic in the world. It's very sad. All these families, these animals, who lose their homes, who die … That's the reality, it's much more important than tennis“, he confided.
Other mobilizations will follow. Thus, the Australian Open has announced future actions with, as a climax, an exhibition match with the biggest players on the planet on January 15 to raise funds. Despite air quality under surveillance, no star has yet forfeited the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, which is played in Melbourne.
The six-time world rally champion, Sébastien Ogier, had already made a donation in November, after the cancellation of the Australian rally, already because of the fires.