Now that Australia has been experiencing its worst wildfire season in recorded history, with a human death toll of 24 and an estimated 480 million animals found dead, the WTA players are joining forces to collect considerable amounts of money to the bushfire relief fund. Generally, players have chosen to give a certain amount for each ace they hit during the Australian Swing, but some tennis stars personalized their fundraising efforts.
Australian world No.1 Ashleigh Barty, who first saw the fires in November, while flying from the Fed Cup in Perth back to the east coast of Australia, will donate all of her prize money from the Brisbane International. The Premier-level tournament’s total financial commitment is $1,434,900, while the singles champion takes home $266,000. Barty is also in the doubles draw alongside Kiki Bertens and the doubles winning team will earn $84,000.
Maria Sharapova, who had this epic photoshoot with Brisbane koalas five years ago, will begin her donation at $25,000.
Ace Queen Karolina Pliskova is generously offering $200 for every ace she hits during her stay in Australia.
Pliskova’s fellow Czech Petra Kvitova is donating $150 per ace recorded during her tournaments Down Under.
American Amanda Anisimova is allocating the same amount.
Germany’s Julia Goerges will donate $100 for every ace during the 2020 Australian Summer.
Australian Ajla Tomljanovic will also donate $100 for each ace.
Players not known for hitting many aces have found alternative ways to be humane, showing humor at the same time.
Simona Halep‘s offer reads:
Every time I give Darren Cahill (coach) a hard time in my box during all my matches in Australia, I will donate $200.
Inspired by Halep’s tweet, Alize Cornet will donate $50 for every drop shot winner she makes during the Australian Swing.
My favorite tweet: Arina Rodionova is hilarious in realistically evaluating her capabilities:
I am just going to donate regardless of my performance, cause my 1 accidental ace per 4 matches on average really won’t be making any difference.
The initiative was launched by ATP player Nick Kyrgios.