Nick Kyrgios’ proposal that Tennis Australia hold a charity exhibition match before the Australian Open to raise funds for those affected by bushfires was applauded by many on Thursday.
The 25-year-old tennis star, ranked World Number 30, has decided to get the ball rolling by donating $200 for every ace he serves during the Australian summer.
He tweeted: “I’m kicking off the support for those affected by the fires. I’ll be donating $200 per ace that I hit across all the events I play this summer. #MoreToCome #StayTuned”.
John Millman also vowed to donate $100 for every ace after hearing of Kyrgios’ decision. He had also supported Kyrgios’ ingenious plan of taking advantage of the world class athetes in the country with a pre-tournament ahead of the first Gland Slam of the year that kicks off in Melbourne on 20 January.
Alex de Minaur, who will be joining Kyrgios in the upcomin ATP in Group F of the competition, also pledged to donate $250 for every ace he serves to the bushfire victims.
Kyrgios will also face tennis young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas on Tuesday 7 January.
Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley also posted on social media: “For weeks we’ve been watching the devastation caused by bushfires across Australia and the people affected are constantly in our thoughts. We want to help these communities in a meaningful way and will announce a number of fundraising initiatives that will be rolled out across the ATP Cup, Australian Open and our other events over the coming weeks.”