(SOUNDBITE) (English) RAFAEL NADAL SAYING: "Talking with Roger a couple of hours ago, we decided to give 250,000 Australian dollars to the burn fire relief together.
Hopefully, that keeps inspiring the people to support this terrible disaster that we were going through and help to recover all the things that we need." The Rally for Relief event comes as Australia experiences one of its worst fire seasons on record, causing loss of life and hundreds of millions of dollars of damage.
Smoke from the fires has caused disruption to the Australian Open qualifying and prompted criticism from some players about the conditions.
Tennis Australia says they will continue to monitor on-site data and consult with their medical team.
Celebrities and sports stars have been donating money to relief efforts throughout the tragedy.
Williams pledged the winnings from her first title victory in nearly three years at the Auckland Classic.
Serena Williams and her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian are part of a group that will own the newest soccer team in the U.S. According to CNN, Natalie Portman is also part of the majority woman founded group. The National Women's Soccer League announced that Los Angeles will be home to the franchise, The Angel City group. Portman said in a statement; "I am thrilled by the opportunity to partner with this incredible group of people".
Serena Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion, hit the tennis court with her daughter Olympia. Serena recently shared pictures of she and her 2-year old daughter, in matching purple outfits on Instagram. They are shown celebrating, sharing a high five and walking off court. Olympia leaves her racket for mom to pick up. The WTA Tour is scheduled to return in August, which will be followed by the US Open in late August.
Rafael Nadal confirms he will not defend his U.S. Open tennis crown this year becasue of health concerns in North America. The Spaniard is the highest profile men's player to withdraw from the event already scheduled to be played without spectators. Adam Reed reports.
(CNN) Citing the "complicated" nature of the world under the pandemic, Rafael Nadal has opted not to defend his US Open title later this month in Flushing Meadows, New York. In a tweet posted Tuesday, Nadal said: "I have decided not to play this year's US Open. 2 Nadal is a four-time US Open winner and has collected 19 grand slam singles titles, one behind Roger Federer, who will also miss the US Open with a knee injury.
Occurred on January 5, 2020 / Batlow, New South Wales, Australia Info from Licensor: "January the 5th, the morning after the fires had passed through Batlow, a strike team was travelling back to Batlow..