Alexander Zverev has pledged to donate Aus $4.12 million to the bushfire relief effort aimed at supporting those affected by the recent ravaging bushfires in Australia. This latest predicament led to the displacement of homes and death to not only wildlife but also human beings. The disaster captured the attention of many people prompting a section of organizations and individuals to come in and lend a helping hand. Among the support offered include donations, support messages, rescue, and recovery operations. The likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Nick Kyrgios also donated for the Bushfire relief.
Tennis fraternity donates for the Australian Bushfire relief
Tennis players have been pretty much engaged in contributing to the bushfire relief efforts. Nick Kyrgios kick-started the campaign by promising to donate $200 per ace to this bushfire fund drive. He was joined by the likes of Serena Williams, who donated her entire ASB Classic tournament prize money to this cause. The 23 Grand Slam winner also took part in the RallyforRelief tournament alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Coco Gauff, Naomi Osaka, and Caroline Wozniacki.
The event was aimed at donating funds for the bush relief efforts. A total of $4 million was raised from this event ahead of the Australian Open. Federer, Nadal, and Nick Kyrgios donated $250,000 together. The occasion saw Federer beat Kyrgios in front of a crowd of at least 15,000 fans.
Alexander Zverev off to a great start in the Australian Open
The German has experienced a tough build-up process ahead of the Australian Open. He started the 2020 tennis season with a spectacular crash in three consecutive singles matches in the ATP Cup.
Nevertheless, he seems to have already put his poor initial run behind him. He began the Aussie Open by beating Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3. However, the Italian tennis player was participating in this tournament with a series of poor performances under his belt.
"I know I'm not the favorite here, but if I win, I'll donate every single cent to the bushfires (relief)" said Alexander Zverev
That would be A$4,120,000
Six wins to go#AusOpen
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) January 21, 2020
Marco Cecchinato came into the tournament on a seven-match losing streak according to his grand slam tournament track record. His last win occurred in the quarterfinals of the 2018 French Open against Novak Djokovic. But, for Zverev, it is a fantastic start if indeed he is serious about winning this Grand Slam title and donating the tournament prize money to the bushfire relief. This first win also means he will contribute $10,000 towards the bush relief drive, a gesture he pledged to do for every match he wins during the entire Australian Open.
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Zverev at the Australian Open, ranking, and results in 2020
Ranked no.7, Zverev has a 1-3 win-loss record in 2020. The German is currently competing at the Australian Open where he toppled Marco Cecchinato 6-4 7-64 6-3.
Alexander Zverev will face Gerasimov in the 2nd round. They have never played each so far on the main tour.
The German won 11 titles in his career: 3 on hard courts, 5 on clay courts and 3 on indoor courts. (See the list of his titles)
Kyrgios at the Australian Open, ranking, and results in 2020
Currently ranked no.26, the Australian has a 4-1 win-loss record in 2020. Kyrgios is currently playing at the Australian Open where he ousted Lorenzo Sonego 6-2 7-63 7-61.
The last time that they competed against each other, Kyrgios won 6-4 7-65 in the 2nd round in Washington (Citi Open) in July 2019.
The Australian won 6 titles in his career: 5 on hard courts and 1 on indoor courts. (See the list of his titles)
Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios played each other 8 times. The head to head is 5-3 for Kyrgios.
The last time that they locked horns, Nick Kyrgios won 6-3 6-4 in the final in Acapulco (Abierto Mexicano Telcel) in March 2019.
Federer at the Australian Open, ranking, and results in 2020
Ranked no.3, Roger has a 1-0 win-loss record in 2020. Roger is competing at the Australian Open where he bested Steve Johnson 6-3 6-2 6-2.
The last time that they played each other, Federer won 7-5 6-3 in the 3rd round in Miami (Miami Open) in March 2019.
Roger won 103 titles in his career: 47 on hard courts, 11 on clay courts, 21 on indoor courts, 5 on carpet courts and 19 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)
Nadal at the Australian Open, ranking, and results in 2020
Currently the world no.1, Rafael has a 5-2 win-loss record in 2020. The Spaniard is playing at the Australian Open where he defeated Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-3 6-0.
The last time that they played, Nadal won 6-2 6-1 in the 1st round in Rio de Janeiro (Olympics) in August 2016.
Rafael won 84 titles in his career: 20 on hard courts, 59 on clay courts, 1 on indoor courts and 4 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played each other 42 times. The head to head is 26-16 for Nadal.
The last time that they locked horns, Roger Federer won 7-63 1-6 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in London (Wimbledon) in July 2019.
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