The rackets are out and the tennis balls are flying this week in support of relief for communities affected by the devastating bushfire emergency sweeping Australia.
With the biggest names in tennis, from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, Channel Nine and Tennis Australia are serving a star-studded fundraising live television event to the fans in order to rally for the individuals and communities in desperate need of support.
AO Rally for Relief will be broadcast on Channel Nine from Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne this Wednesday night the 15th of January at 7pm Adelaide time.
The event will raise funds throughout the night as part of the Aces for Bushfire Relief campaign, an initiative that has seen Tennis stars such as Karolina Pliskova donate money for every service ace they hit.
As Australians come together in these difficult times, you can enjoy the Australian Open knowing your favourite tennis stars are playing not just to win, but to help those left without a home, without a business, or worse yet without a loved one.
Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tilley echoed the sentiments of the Australian tennis community, saying: “We felt it was vital we use all our events across the summer to make a meaningful contribution to help these people and communities rebuild their lives.”
Other tennis stars scheduled to compete at AO Rally for Relief include Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Caroline Wozniacki and Belinda Bencic. The event will be hosted by James Bracey, Rebecca Maddern and Tony Jones, with commentary provided by Dylan Alcott, Sam Groth and Casey Dellacqua.
You can catch AO Rally for Relief on Channel Nine from Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne this Wednesday night the 15th of January at 7pm Adelaide time.