It was a night to remember!
Last Wednesday the world’s greatest tennis stars, such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacki, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and, of course, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios, gathered at the Rod Laver Arena in the heart of Melbourne, not to compete for some great trophy or to battle it out for any huge prize, but to join forces for a noble cause.
The Rally For Relief event saw the action taking place inside the court take a backseat as the importance went to helping those who are affected by the disastrous bushfires plaguing the country all around.
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Of course, that’s not to say that those who made the effort to attend the event were left unrewarded, as the game featured several hilarious moments, with the athletes showing a more relaxed side and less composed side of themselves.
Most notable among them were Greek champion Stefanos Tsitsipas’ efforts to imitate the ball boys or his lengthy conversation with women’s world number three Naomi Osaka as to who would make the serve.
From his end, Nick Kyrgios continued to rack up the aces, collecting even more money for those in need, as he has already promised that by the end of the Australian Open he would offer $200 per ace served.
The Greek-Aussie appeared quite cheerful during the exhibition, but he was a lot more emotional when the total sum of $4,826,016 that had been gathered towards the Bushfire Relief Appeal was announced.
“It’s been a very difficult couple of weeks”, Kyrgios stated. It was practically why I was playing so hard throughout the ATP Cup. I just wanted to send a message.”
But when asked about Kyrgios’ performance, Swiss legend Federer didn’t seem to be impressed, simply stating “Yeah, it was okay…”, as the 24-year-old who was sitting right next to him chuckled.
Once again, both Federer and Nadal showed how deeply they are affected by the ongoing situation, as the Spaniard announced that they will be donating an additional $250,000 together.
The over $5 million gathered so far will go into the Australian Open fund that will continue to gather donations until the end of the competition. The total amount will then be given to the Bushfire Relief Appeal.