French Open champion and world No. 1 singles tennis star Ashleigh Barty has pledged too has joined sportspersons’ fund-raising initiative for the victims of sever bushfires Down Under. The former Australian cricketer has Now has announced to donate her entire prize money from the Brisbane International.
The Australian tennis ace will donate the prize purse from her “home tournament” to the Australian Red Cross. The Brisbane international, being played from January 6 to 12, will offer Australian $ 360,000 ($ 250,000) to the women’s singles champion.
Ashleigh has, however, joined the chorus for postponement of the Australian Open if the situation in Melbourne, engulfed by the haze emerging from the bushfire, did not improve. “First and foremost, the reason that there is smoke in the air is what’s most devastating at the moment for our country,” she is quoted as saying in the Australian media.
“There are certainly a lot of bigger things going on in Australia right now that we need to take care of. “So, I mean, if it meant that we were delayed by a day or two… it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that Australians stay safe and we kind of sort out the bigger issues.”
Ashleigh had seen the first signs of the devastating fire when she flew in from France after the Fed Cup final in November last year. She then too had donated money to animal shelter that was taking care of the animals affected with the wild fire
“It’s been really terrible, it really has. For me, this started two or three months ago,” Barty said of the damage caused by the bushfires. ” first I saw of it was actually flying home … to the east coast and we could see some of the smoke and some of the fires. Obviously the worst of it is still out there at the moment. Now it’s not just the wildlife, it’s also affected Australians with their lives and their homes,” Ashliegh said.