From left Roger Federer from Switzerland, Nick Kyrgios from Australia, Naomi Osaka from Japan, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem from Austria Serena Williams from the USA, Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark, Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic, Coco Gauff from the USA, Novak Djokovic from Serbia, Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece and Rafael Nadal from Spain pose for a photo during the Rally For Relief in the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Tennis stars have joined forces at the Rally for Relief to raise money for efforts to fight bushfire across Australia (Scott Barbour / AAP Image via AP)
MELBOURNE, Australia – More than 15,000 spectators at the Rod Laver Arena watched Roger Federer defeat Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open Rally for Relief finals on Wednesday to help Wildfire charities.
Tennis Australia said the night helped raise nearly $ 5 million in Australian dollars (3.5 million US dollars) to victims of the recent and continuing fires in Australia, which killed 28 people and destroyed several thousand houses were mostly in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.
Clouds of smoke from the ongoing fires have devastated the planning of the first two qualifying days at Melbourne Park, delayed the game by several hours and triggered complaints from players about air quality.
From left, Naomi Osaka from Japan, Coco Gauff from the United States, Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark, Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece, and Alexander Zverev from Germany pose for a selfie during the Rally For Relief at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. At the Rally for Relief, tennis stars have teamed up to raise money for efforts to fight the bushfire in all over Melbourne to collect Australia. (Scott Barbour / AAP image via AP)
Other participants were Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Alexander Zverev. On several occasions, volunteer firefighters were invited to the court to play against the tennis stars.
Fundraisers, which include various amounts of aces spent during the tournament and sales of player-donated goods, will continue when the Australian Open begins on Monday.
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