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    AO Rally For Relief: the world’s best tennis stars join forces to raise forest fire funds

    On Wednesday evening the best tennis stars in the world gathered to alleviate the fires at a special Melbourne show to collect the necessary money and Australian spirits.

    But it was the volunteer firefighters who stole the show, the heroes enjoyed a five-minute standing ovation.

    In the fun and supportive spirit of the night, superstar Rafael Nadal made sure that Victorian CFA member Deb Borg hit the pitch with him.

    With over $ 4.8 million raised for the lawsuit, Nadal revealed that he and Roger Federer had decided to donate $ 250,000 of their money to help deal with the “terrible disaster”.

    Kyrgios said, “Seeing all the firefighters here, it’s exciting, it’s fun,” he said.

    media_cameraSerena Williams with Novak Djokovic on Rod Laver Arena. Image: Michael Klein
    Stefanos Tsitsipas high fives Caroline Wozniacki. Image: Getty Images
    media_cameraStefanos Tsitsipas high fives Caroline Wozniacki. Image: Getty Images
    Rafael Nadal at the Rod Laver Arena. Image: Getty Images
    media_cameraRafael Nadal at the Rod Laver Arena. Image: Getty Images

    Caroline Wozniacki, ex world champion n. 1 and 2018 of the Australian Open, said players around the world want to show their support for a country that has “lived a lot”.

    “We all love Australia and we all want to help as much as possible,” he said.

    Kylie Minogue sent support messages that were played on the big screens in last night’s fundraiser. “I’m so sorry I can’t be with you tonight,” he said via video link.

    “I just wanted to say that I’m so moved and admired by the way Australians have gathered together to help the needy right now. Your support and donations mean so much.”

    Suitably, against the backdrop of photos of brave firefighters, the night opened with a moving interpretation of the Australian classic Throw your arms around me by the former hunter and collector frontman Mark Seymour and Vika and Linda Bull.

    With a capacity crowd of nearly 15,000 singers together, the song offered an appropriate description of the Australians gathering around their own in times of need.

    Petra Kvitova, Rafael Nadal and Noval Djokovic. Image: Michael Klein
    media_cameraPetra Kvitova, Rafael Nadal and Noval Djokovic. Image: Michael Klein
    Carloine Wozniacki takes a selfie with Coco Gauff and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Image: Michael Klein
    media_cameraCarloine Wozniacki takes a selfie with Coco Gauff and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Image: Michael Klein

    In a tribute that should sensitize the forest fire disaster all over the world, the volunteer firefighters were assigned the best seats at home and reached by the ex number 3 in the world Grigor Dimitrov in their private section at Rod Laver Arena.

    The reigning champion and seven-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and the other stars Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Petra Kvitova structured their things on the central field. And – after mixed doubles matches and fundraising efforts – Federer and Australian Nick Kyrgios have teamed up in a singular showdown, fans will hope to repeat themselves when the grand slam starts on Monday.

    Rafael Nadal has five boyfriend, CFA firefighter Deb Borg. Image: Michael Klein
    media_cameraRafael Nadal has five boyfriend, CFA firefighter Deb Borg. Image: Michael Klein
    Deb and Rafa enjoyed every moment. Image: Getty
    media_cameraDeb and Rafa enjoyed every moment. Image: Getty
    Caroline Wozniacki and Coco Gauff. Image: Getty Images
    media_cameraCaroline Wozniacki and Coco Gauff. Image: Getty Images
    The stars joined the fundraising campaign for the Rally for Relief forest fires. Image: Michael Klein
    media_cameraThe stars joined the fundraising campaign for the Rally for Relief forest fires. Image: Michael Klein

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    All the money will go to the Victorian government forest fire assistance fund.

    Tennis Australia is also raising funds for the Red Cross, through a “fire rescue campaign” with $ 100 dollars donated for each ace served during the summer of tennis. More than $ 2.8 million has already been raised.

    All proceeds from Sunday’s AO Live Stage concert with Jessica Mauboy, Montaigne and Lily Papas will go to the Red Cross fires.

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