The Australian Wildfire has caused not only significant harm to wildlife but also human life. Already the bushfire has consumed close to 16 million acres (6.3 million hectares). At least 2,500 buildings were destroyed at 25 people killed. Simona Halep, Julia Goerges, Maria Sharapova, and Ashleigh Barty are the latest ones to come out in support of Australian wildfire relief.
Unfortunately, wildlife has really been affected by the Australian bushfires. According to the University of Sydney’s ecologists, around 480 million reptiles, birds, and mammals have been lost to these bushfires, which have raged since September. The alarming numbers of wildlife lost have caught the attention of different souls. A substantial number of tennis players have come out boldly to help the Australian Wildfire Relief. They have pledged to make significant donations that will go towards handling this untimely crisis.
The month of January in Australia has been my 🏠 for the past 15 years. Watching the fires destroy the lands, it’s beautiful families and communities of animals is deeply💔. I would like to begin my donation at 25K. @DjokerNole, would you match my donation?🙏🏻 #letsallcometogether
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) January 5, 2020
I will be donating $100 for every Ace I hit during the Australian Open Swing + every Ace @ashbarty and I hit as a team in doubles at the @AustralianOpen, to help support those affected by the wildfires in Australia. I love you Australia 🇦🇺❤️ #everylittlehelps pic.twitter.com/6fIu0nyinA
— Jule Goerges✌️🇩🇪 (@juliagoerges) January 4, 2020
Well guys, you know I love Australia, but you also know I don't hit too many aces 😜
Sooo I want to help and my pledge is this… every time I give @darren_cahill a hard time in my box during all my matches in Aus, I will donate $200.
This way I will raise a lot more money ❤️🇦🇺
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) January 5, 2020
Nick Kyrgios sets the pace for tennis players
The Australian sporting heroes have been at the forefront in helping the Australian Wildfire Relief. Some of those who have been very active towards this course include Peter Siddle, and Nick Kyrgios, who has set the pace for other Tennis players. The Australian pledged that he would be donating $200(US $140) per ace during the summer towards the bushfire crisis.
Other reputable players such as Simona Halep, Julia Gorges, Maria Sharapova, and Ashleigh Barty have also joined the Bandwagon committed to helping the Australian wildfire. For Simona Halep, she has come up with a unique plan on how to support this assignment. She promises to donate whenever she yells at her own Australian coach. Barty will donate all her prize money (singles and doubles) that will earn in the Brisbane International.
“Well, guys, you know I love Australia, but you also know I don’t hit too many aces. Soo I want to help, and my pledge is this…every time I give @darren-cahill a hard time in my box during all my matches in Aus, I will donate $200. This way, I will raise a lot of money,” she wrote on her twitter. Maria Sharapova Pledges To Support the Australian Wildfire Relief and Also Challenges Novak Djokovic
Maria Sharapova has also expressed her interest in supporting this relief and recovery program in Australia following the recent catastrophic bush fires. She pledged to donate $17,400(25,000 AUSD) towards this operation. Furthermore, she challenged Novak Djokovic also to follow suit and her donation amount.
This is what she wrote on her twitter handle, “the month of January in Australia has been my home for the past 15 years. Watching the fires destroy the lands, it’s beautiful families, and communities of animals is deeply (heartbreaking. I would like to begin my donation at 25K. @DjokerNole, would you match my donation?”
Ashleigh Barty’s ranking and performance in 2020
Currently the world no.1, the Australian played her last match on the 10th of November when she was overcome by Kristina Mladenovic 2-6 6-4 7-61 in the Rubber 3 in FRA 2.
Maria Sharapova’s ranking and performance in 2020
At the moment ranked no.133, Sharapova played her last match on the 26th of August when she was defeated by Serena Williams 6-1 6-1 in the 1st round in U.S. Open.
Ashleigh Barty and Maria Sharapova played each other 3 times. The head to head is 2-1 for Barty.
The last time that they fought against each other, Ashleigh Barty won 6-4 6-1 in the 2nd round in Cincinnati (Western & Southern Open) in August 2019.
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Simona Halep’s ranking and performance in 2020
At the moment ranked no.4, Halep played her last match on the 1st of November when she had to bow to Karolina Pliskova 6-0 2-6 6-4 in the round robin in Shenzhen.
Julia Goerges’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked world no.28, the German played her last match on the 20th of October when she had to bow to Jelena Ostapenko 6-4 6-1 in the final in Luxembourg.