Australia Bushfires: Nadal, Serena, Federer to play charity match

January 8, 2020

Lawn TennisAustralian Open

  • Tennis legends Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will headline an exhibition match ahead of the Australian Open to raise money for bushfire relief, organisers said on Wednesday.
  • Tennis Australia last week announced a fundraising exhibition match at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena – centre court at the Australian Open – for January 15, the week before the opening Grand Slam of the year.
  • The players were revealed on Wednesday with Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacki, Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas joining Federer, Williams and Nadal.
  • Dozens of vast blazes, which continue to burn across eastern Australia, have killed 25 people since the start of the disaster in September and destroyed more than 1,800 homes. Milder conditions are providing a reprieve for firefighters, although more dangerous weather is forecast for later in the week.

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