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ATP, WTA Aid Australian Flood Relief


Roddick© Getty ImagesAndy Roddick is donating $100 for each ace he serves this week in Brisbane. He has served 42 aces en route to the final.

The ATP and WTA have teamed up to support Australian relief efforts for Queenslanders affected by devastating floods that have engulfed more than half of the State. The governing bodies of the men’s and women’s professional tennis circuits will donate $10 for every ace served by its players at the combined ATP World Tour/WTA tournaments being played in Australia this month, the Brisbane International and the Medibank International Sydney, as well as at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

It is expected that the aces commitment will raise more than $40,000 for the Queensland Government's Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

Last week in Brisbane - where floodwaters have now engulfed centre court on Pat Rafter Arena - American Andy Roddick and Australian Samantha Stosur pledged $100 for each ace they served. Roddick later doubled his pledge to $200 per ace. He served 54 aces during the tournament to raise $10,800. Additionally, the Brisbane International donated $5,000.

This week at the Medibank International Sydney, Australian Matthew Ebden pledged to donate $100 for every ace he serves in Sydney and at next week's Australian Open.

Flood waters covering an area greater than the land mass of France and Germany combined have forced the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities, destroyed homes and caused billions of dollars damage to crops and infrastructure and severely impacted tourism and businesses.

Donate to the official Queensland Government's Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.  And encourage your friends and contacts to donate through Facebook and Twitter.

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