Sunday, January 12, 2020

ATP makes $500,000 donation for Australian bushfire relief

ATP makes $500,000 donation for Australian bushfire relief

The ATP will donate $500,000 to the WWF Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund as part of the bushfire relief efforts announced Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal after Serbia defeated Spain to win the ATP Cup.

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The Australian bush has been burning for nearly three months and the fires have killed 28 people, claimed 2,000 homes and consumed millions of acres of land and wildlife.

"This donation with the ATP is on behalf of all the players and our thoughts and support go out to all those who have been affected," Djokovic added.

"Australia is such an amazing and welcoming country and it feels like home for us at the start of each season. To see the damage to wildlife and nature... has been devastating."

As part of the #Aces4BushfireRelief campaign, several ATP and WTA players have pledged personal donations toward relief and recovery efforts.

Serena Williams, who donated her earnings after winning the Auckland Classic on Sunday, as well as Roger Federer and Nadal will feature in an exhibition match on Jan. 15 ahead of the Australian Open to raise funds.

Former Australia cricketer Shane Warne, who raised over $690,000 by auctioning off his prized "baggy green" cap, will play in a charity Twenty20 game next month for bushfire relief.