QUEENSLAND FLOOD RELIEF
ATP, WTA Help Queensland Flood Victims
by ATP Staff|
The ATP and WTA have joined forces to donate more than $50,000 to Queensland flood relief efforts. The governing bodies of men's and women's professional tennis donated $10 for each ace hit by their respective players in singles and doubles competition at the Brisbane International, the Medibank International Sydney and the Australian Open, which concluded Sunday.
The donation of $51,070 is in addition to individual contributions from leading players, including Andy Roddick, who donated more than $10,000 ($200 for each ace he served in Brisbane) and Samantha Stosur, who donated $100 for each ace she served in Brisbane, Sydney and at the Australian Open.
ATP and WTA players also donated their time to participate in the sport's biggest fundraising effort in January on the eve of the Australian Open, the Rally For Relief at Melbourne Park, which raised more than $1.5 million for flood relief. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt were among the players who participated.
Beginning in December, flooding in Queensland killed 35 people, affected 70 towns and more than 200,000 people, caused $1 billion damage and is projected to reduce Australia's GDP by $30 billion.