Players have been donating to the Australian bushfire relief effort all month long, with aces, double faults, drop shots, social posts and even entire prize money donations.
The Grand Slams have joined the great cause, announcing a donation of $400,000 on Monday.
We've teamed up with the ITF, Roland-Garros, and Wimbledon to donate $400,000 to our friends in Australia ???????? in support of the bushfire relief. Proceeds will go to the Australian Red Cross.— US Open Tennis (@usopen) January 13, 2020
Read more about #Aces4BushfireRelief and get involved ➡️ https://t.co/NaYmRLnaOj pic.twitter.com/RL9XtndxzB
The USTA, on behalf of the US Open, provided the $100,000.
“The USTA has a long track record of supporting communities hurt by devastating natural disasters, and though our efforts have traditionally been to support communities in the United States, we are joining with the world in helping our friends and colleagues in Australia,” said Patrick Galbraith, current USTA Chairman of the Board and President.
We are donating $100,000 in support of the Australian bushfire relief. Proceeds will go to the Australian Red Cross and help the areas of the country that have been devastated by fire.— USTA (@usta) January 13, 2020
Learn more about #Aces4BushfireRelief and get involved ???? https://t.co/kMv8zHWXnS pic.twitter.com/l1tnBP3Vl3
Nick Kyrgios was one of the first players to get the ace donation ball rolling:
His compatriots jumped on board including...
For every ACE I serve over the Aussie summer I’ll donate $200 to the bushfire relief to help raise funds to the families, firefighters and animals who are affected by this disaster. Please join me in any way you can #ausfires #ClimateEmegency #AustralianFires— Samantha Stosur (@bambamsam30) January 2, 2020
Alex de Minaur and John Millman:
And Matt Reid:
Better late then never but I’ll donate $50 as well for each ACE I hit this Aussie summer ????????— Matt Reid (@MattReid12345) January 4, 2020
Players soon joined in from all around the globe including...
Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic:
Heyy Aussies! I love your country so I decided to join the— Karolina Pliskova (@KaPliskova) January 4, 2020
Aussies players and donate 200 dollars for every ace I hit during my stay in Australia to support and help all the victims of the fires. Let’s get some aces going! pic.twitter.com/5adQTWrcCR
Im on my way to beautiful Australia and my heart is crying reading the news every day. Its devastating to see what is going on with the bushfires and it needs to stop!!! I have already donated but will donate more in my upcoming tournaments in @AdelaideTennis and @australianopen. Although im not the best at hitting aces but much better at doublefaults, I will donate 200$ for each doublefault I hit at the next tournaments! Like that I wont be angry with myself when I hit one and finally they will be useful. :) @alexzverev123 will you join me? ????
And Alize Cornet and Simona Halep:
These bushfires in Australia are tearing my heart apart ????... And as Simona was saying, I won't be raising much money either if I have to count on my serve ???? ! Sooo I will donate 50$ for every drop shot winner that I'll make at the Australian Swing ???????? Much more efficient ???? https://t.co/MBXt6BCjbD— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) January 5, 2020
Ashleigh Barty and Serena Williams both donated their Brisbane prize money:
Incredible presentation at @ASB_Classic !— WTA (@WTA) January 12, 2020
First @serenawilliams meets the legendary Ruia Morrison...
...then she announces she will donate her prize money (and a dress from each of her matches) to the bushfire relief effort! pic.twitter.com/xNVYAeLn3u
The WTA is giving $100 AUD per ace for singles and doubles in Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland and Hobart. On Sunday, the ATP announced a $500,000 donation from the players after Serbia topped Spain in the ATP Cup final.
In Brisbane and Adelaide, players have had a chance to get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos and more species unique only to Australia.
While usually just a memorable photo-op, these interactions mean a lot more to the players with the wildfires raging across nearly 28 million acres and killing an estimated billion animals.
Exhibitions have also been organized to boost donations. The Rally for Resilience was held on Saturday in Adelaide with Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep volunteering their time.
On Wednesday, the Australian Open will host a Rally for Relief exhibition with Djokovic, Serena, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki and Stefanos Tsitsipas to raise even more money for relief efforts.