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Nick Kyrgios Starts Charitable Movement for Australian Bushfires

January 3, 2020


The
new year is officially here and it seems as Nick Kyrgios is already making an impact in
the new decade. If you don’t know Australia has been dealing
with horrendous wildfires that have killed 17 people nationwide thus far and has destroyed
almost 1,000 houses. The fires are active in every Australian state
with New South Wales being hit the hardest. Kyrgios, clearly distraught with the unfortunate
state of his country, proposed that Tennis Australia do a pre Australian Open exhibition
to raise funds for those impacted by the fires. Tennis Australia responded saying stay tuned
for an announcement soon Nick, Great have your support. Tennis Australia’s president Craig Tiley
put out this statement saying: “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 fund raising and support initiatives that will be rolled
out across the ATP Cup, Australian Open and our other events over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for further announcements” Kyrgios kicked things off announcing that
he’ll be donating $200 for every ace hit in the Australian summer swing. Almost instantly other Aussie players chimed
in with top-ranked male Alex De Minaur pledging $250 for each ace joking that he went 50 above
Nick because he doesn’t think he’ll be hitting as many unreturnables as him. Besides these two, 2011 US Open champion Sam
Stosur pledged $200 per ace. John Millman and John Peers both promised
$100 and even lower ranked players like Priscilla Hon plan to chip in. The ATP Cup then took action saying that for
each ace hit across the 10-day tournament $100 will be donated to the Australian Red
Cross bushfire disaster relief and recovery efforts. 1500 aces are expected to be served with an
estimated $150,000 to be raised. This entire movement headed by Kyrgios is
really nice to see as the players themselves took the initiative to give on their own will. I know that Nick often makes the news for
his controversial actions or statements, but I think we often forget how charitable and
kind-hearted he is. Its important to relay these stories because
not only does it spread positivity surrounding the sport, but it raises awareness about the
issue, and I’m certain that now players and spectators outside Australia will further
support the cause. What are your thoughts on Nick rallying Tennis
Australia to help those impacted by the fires? Leave your thoughts in the comment section
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