Almost $ 5 million was raised in the charity games of the tennis stars around Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer for those affected by the devastating bush fires in Australia. This was announced by the organizers of the Australian Open after the show matches.
In addition to Zverev and Federer in the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, the two world rankings leaders Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as well as Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Caroline Wozniacki stood on the covered course for about two hours. The qualifying games on the outside for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year had to be interrupted due to rain and postponed to Thursday.
A postponement of the tournament, which is scheduled to start on Monday, currently seems impossible. “According to the latest information, the weather forecast is good,” said tournament director Craig Tiley, emphasizing: “We do not expect any delays and we have taken additional measures to ensure that the Australian Open can go as planned.” Qualification and complained about breathing problems, coughing and dizziness at an invitation tournament in Melbourne’s Kooyong district.